Jose Mourinho is a man who rarely conforms to the generic norms of being a football manager. The Special One has developed quite the reputation over the course of his glittering career for bending the rules and taking liberties where can.
Mourinho the myth
It’s not just what makes his allure all the more charming, but what makes him, at least in the eyes of many football fans, a likeable winner. Though once he was despised as an egotistical glory-hunter who has arrived from Porto to break up the relative harmony of the Premier League and disrupt the conventional balance of what had become a very tiresome ‘top four’, he’s now revered and admired in equal measures.
Perhaps that’s why he caused such a stir when he attended the Victoria’s Secret fashion show last night, on the eve of a London derby fixture against Mauricio Pochettino’s resurgent Tottenham Hotspur tonight.
Victoria's Secret fashion show
You heard it right, instead of studying highlight reels or mulling over how best to keep his side’s almost perfect start intact, he was at the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre along with his wife and daughter.
The event, which featured performances from the likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, will certainly have given Mourinho time away from the stresses of navigating Chelsea’s charge towards the Premier League title, though whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen.
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Given the fact that the Blues were unable to best Gus Poyet’s Sunderland at the weekend the gap at the top of England’s premier division was reduced to six points. Whilst that’s still a healthy lead in the eyes of most fans Mourinho is a known perfectionist, and the quicker he can wrap up the first major trophy of his second coming at Stamford Bridge the better.
Chelsea v Tottenham
As for tonight’s fixture Chelsea will be without the suspended Diego Costa, who picked up another booking during the weekend’s clash on Wearside, and the lack of their talismanic forward could pose a big problem.
The Spain international has 11 goals in just ten Premier League appearances, and Mourinho will have to hope that whoever he chooses to replace him can deliver the goods in what could be a tricky tie.