Jose Mourinho has criticised FIFA’s handling of the 2014 World Cup ahead of his home nation’s final group game against Ghana on Thursday.
Mourinho believes that all teams within a group should play all of their matches at the same time, in order to ensure that they all receive the same amount of rest time between games – a problem he also lamented during his first season back at Chelsea.
FIFA under fire
Following Portugal’s 2-2 draw with the United States on Sunday - which was played a day later than the other game in group C; Germany vs Ghana – Mourinho criticised FIFA’s scheduling of the tournament, which will see all four teams play their last remaining game at the same time, meaning Germany and Ghana have had an extra day to prepare for the final game.
Speaking as Yahoo’s Global Football Ambassador, Mourinho stated, “That situation of 24 hours more from one team to another team that have to play the third match now, like is the case of our group with Portugal and the U.S., is FIFA trying to protect Germany and Ghana, and not Portugal and U.S.?
“I don’t think so. I think it’s just bad organisation.”
Mourinho moans again
The Blues boss has frequently complained about the lack of time his Chelsea squad were given between matches compared to opposition who were not featuring in the Champions League last season, and strongly feels that sides who have a Champions League game on a Wednesday should be allowed to play their Premier League game on a Friday evening. Mourinho clearly feels that his home nation have been given a similar rough ride at the World Cup.
Mourinho also slammed the quality of the pitches in Brazil. The Blues’ boss doesn’t think that the state of the playing surface ‘is acceptable’ for the world’s biggest tournament, which takes away from the quality of the football being played, as well as the enjoyment for the fans watching.
“Almost every pitch has not the best qualities to play high quality football.
“I’m just somebody that is in front of the screen trying to enjoy the best football. Is something that I don’t think is acceptable at that level. The pitches are not the best.”
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