Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at the journalist who secretly recorded him making disparaging remarks about striker Samuel Eto'o.
Mourinho told a journalist from Canal Plus, a French television station, that he felt as though he didn't have enough firepower in attack and made seemingly derogatory remarks about Eto'o's advancing years - unaware that the conversation was being recorded.
"The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer. I have one [Eto'o] but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?" he is heard as saying.
His comments have caused something of a stir following their publication - and speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea's Champions League encounter against Galatasary tomorrow, Mourinho vented his anger at the journalist in question.
"I think you should be embarrassed as a media professional because, from an ethical point of view, I don't think you should be happy – not you, but a colleague – is able to record a private conversation and make it public," he said.
"You should all be a bit embarrassed because it's against the ethics you have in your work. From an ethical point of view, it's a real disgrace."
"I'm not defending what I'm saying. I'm attacking something that is, I think, fundamental in your professional area.
"That person showed exactly what he is, or what he doesn't know about the job. From my perspective, the comment is obviously not a good one, and obviously not something I would do in a serious way, an official way in an interview."
Chelsea have struggled in front of goal this season, with Eto'o and his forward team-mates Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggling to find the back of the net on a regular basis.
Despite his remarks, Mourinho was keen to dismiss the suggestion that there is a problem between him and Eto'o.
"First of all because I don't make fun," he said. "Secondly, because if there are managers in the world who really defend their players, I'm obviously one of them.
"And thirdly because Samuel Eto'o is Samuel Eto'o. He's four times a Champions League winner: people think three times, but one in Real Madrid, two in Barcelona and one with Inter.
"It was with him that I had the best ever season of my career. He's one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club, and a manager doesn't do that if he doesn't like the player or the person. He has no reason to be upset.
"Also, he told a few years ago, that Mourinho is the only manager in the world who I would never play for, and after a year he was playing with me at Inter and now here.
"There is no story. No story. I repeat: it was a funny conversation between me and somebody who doesn't belong to the football world. We were laughing. I think it's a disgrace that someone is taping and recording a private conversation when, obviously, we don't know."
Chelsea take on Galatasaray in Istanbul this evening where they'll come face to face with former striker Didier Drogba for the first time since his departure in 2012.
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