Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho cut short his post-match interview following last night's disappointing 1-1 draw with Maribor, all because of the mere mention of this weekend's opponents Liverpool.
Mourinho's bad blood with the red half of Merseyside runs deep and a fairly innocent question about whether an uninspiring Champions League stalemate would make Saturday's showdown at Anfield more difficult was given short shrift.
The Blues boss is no stranger to slightly bizarre antics when it comes to manipulating the media ahead of big matches, but his decision not to even acknowledge a fairly straightforward question is bordering on petulant.
Why was Jose so touchy?
Here is the exact question that was put to Mourinho by Sky Sports before he cut the interview short: "The game against Liverpool was always going to be a big one, has it got harder by what as happened in the last 24 hours?"
That query was met with an almost immediate shake off the head by Mourinho and a rather rood huff off out of shot, indicating that he'd had enough of the interview and wouldn't be drawn into questioning about anything concerning a resumption of hostilities with the Reds on Saturday lunchtime.
Maribor performance a huge disappointment
In the grand scheme of things dropped points in the Champions League against Maribor will do little damage to Chelsea's European aspirations, but a fairly subdued display fell well short of their own recent high standards.
Mourinho was so frustrated with his side's efforts that he made a double substitution at half time, swapping Andre Schurrle and Willian for Diego Costa and Oscar.
Filipe Luis was also brought off before the hour mark as Mourinho sought to affect the match, with a string of changes in all honesty providing more questions than answers for the Blues to ponder.
Perhaps that why he cut such an aloof figure in his interview immediately after the 1-1 draw, which you can see in the video below.
Mourinho vs. Rodgers offers plenty of intrigue
Whether or not he cares to admit you can be sure Mourinho had the Liverpool game in his thoughts when picking a starting XI to face Maribor, as did Brendan Rodgers when he made seven changes to the team which lost 1-0 at Real Madrid on Tuesday night.
Both men took a gamble with rotation, but it remains to be seen who will reap the rewards in the biggest match of the weekend at Anfield.
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