Jose Mourinho's 7-word x-rated rant at UEFA and FA in 2014

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With Manchester United having lost three of their past four games and the pressure still well and truly on, the last thing Jose Mourinho needed was a new book to be published containing sensational stories about his managerial career.

Unfortunately for the Portuguese boss, that's exactly what has happened with journalist Rob Beasley's book, 'Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal', detailing anecdotes on everything from Mourinho's derogatory nickname for Wayne Rooney to his private threat toward Arsene Wenger and concerning stories of health hiccups.

And now we have another courtesy of the continued serialisation of Beasley's book in the Daily Mail. Once again it concerns Mourinho's fearsome temper but, this time, the targets for his abuse are UEFA and the FA in a story concerning Thibaut Courtois and Liverpool in 2014.

The x-rated rant dates back to April 2014 when Mourinho's Chelsea side were preparing to face Atletico Madrid in that year's Champions League semi-final.

And the issue was two fold. Firstly, the Portuguese manager was frustrated to learn that Courtois - on loan at Atelti from Chelsea at the time - would be allowed to play in goal against his parent club.

This was compounded by the fact that Chelsea had a crunch Premier League fixture against Liverpool scheduled slap bang in the middle of the two legs of the European semi-final.


Beasley details just how furious (and perhaps a little paranoid) Mourinho was at the time:

"Mourinho raged to me: ‘Courtois to play is a joke but the biggest joke is (we) play Liverpool on the Sunday'.

"It is a disgrace that we play Sunday...We play for Chelsea and also for England. It is a disgrace.

"They hide behind walls and f*** us. Who are they? Do they have a name and a face? It is amazing."

The pressure was clearly getting to Mourinho at the business end of the season, and he was more than willing to vent his frustration in private whilst plenty of Chelsea fans were probably doing exactly the same at the time.

And, as it turned out, the then Chelsea boss had every reason to worry.

Although the west London club were able to see off Liverpool 2-0 in the league fixture, they were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Courtois and Atletico to end their Champions League hopes.

With Manchester United not in Europe's premier competition this season, at least Mourinho won't have that issue this time around. Then again, maybe that is why he was so dismissive of the Europa League last week.

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