Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o believes boss Jose Mourinho broke one of his own rules when he criticised the striker in an interview.
The Cameroonian did however praise Mourinho's ability to motivate his players, revealing he becomes 'someone else' before a game.
Eto'o joined Chelsea at the start of the season, but initially struggled to find his best form.
Mourinho seemed to make derogatory comments about the former Barcelona forward's age while being filmed - secretly, he claims - during an interview with French station Canal Plus.
However since then the 33-year-old has hit a purple patch, and has three in his three games, including one against Tottenham that he celebrated by hobbling to the corner flag in reference to Mourinho's jibe at his age.
Now, speaking in an interview with BeIn Sports, the Chelsea man has spoken out about his manager's comments, and believes he made a mistake in doing so.
"What do you want me to say? Even if I am old, I continue to score goals. I have known lots of coaches but it's true he is unique for the way he motivates.
"In the build-up to matches, he becomes someone else.
"In certain moments, he sometimes loses all reason like he did with me. But it was the first time that he attacked one of his own players. Normally he takes the pressure on himself."
Both parties have previously insisted that the incident is behind them - and have some big games coming up to focus on.
Chelsea remain well in the Premier League title hunt, and face a Champions League quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain next month.
However Eto'o may be forced to miss the games against PSG after he picked up an injury in Chelsea's 6-0 drubbing of Arsenal on Saturday.
"I have always dreamed of playing at the Parc des Princes," he said.
"Unfortunately, Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game might not allow me to be there. I don't yet know but I am going to work to get there."
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