Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho decided to give Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness both barrels in his latest press conference this afternoon, clearly still seething what he sees as double standards when it comes to analysis from the Liverpool legends.
Carragher and Souness in particular were beside themselves at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, castigating the entire Chelsea team for surrounding referee Bjorn Kuipers during a controversial incident during the Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.
Souness branded the Blues' behaviour as "pathetic" and "disgraceful" as they rallied to make sure Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off following a challenge on Oscar, a criticism Mourinho has refused to take lying down.
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Mourinho hits back
Mourinho decided to indulge in a textbook diversion in his pre-match press conference for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Southampton, deciding it was time Souness and Carragher to task over comments that he feels show they've selective memory at best.
"The world is strange, maybe because of our diets or the products we are eating but memories are getting shorter," Mourinho told The Mirror. Because when Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness are talking about it, they are having a [memory] problem for sure."
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Does Jose have a point?
"Jamie stopped playing two years ago and in that time he forgot what he did on the pitch
"Graeme has forgotten a lot too. Graeme coached Benfica - and I know, a lot, about him.
"I prefer to laugh. Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man."
That evocative proverb aside Mourinho clearly feels the Liverpool pair are peddling an agenda against his Chelsea side, one that belies the win-at-all-costs attitude both had on the pitch rather than the Sky sofa.
Chelsea manager put together speech for a reason
Mourinho's epic rant was not an off-the-cuff response to a question, the Chelsea boss is too methodical for that.
Instead the Portuguese tactician chose today as the perfect moment to make sure that Carragher, Souness and himself dominate column inches, rather than his players.
Chelsea came up short on Wednesday and both Mourinho and his under-performing stars deserve criticism for that failure, whether the Blues boss cares to discuss it or not.
Perhaps that's why comments from Souness and Carragher resonated, but expect Chelsea to respond strongly against Saints this weekend if their efforts after previous setbacks this season is anything to go by.
Chelsea fans, how much did you enjoy Mourinho putting Carragher and Souness in their place? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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