Is Jose right or bang out of order threatening to start his kids?

Date: 25th April 2014 at 1:00 am
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jose kidsSo with one FA charge already hanging over his head, Jose Mourinho is risking being a very naughty boy again.

Well, that is depending on your view of course.

Chelsea face a season defining Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, but have to travel to Anfield for a league game on the Sunday before.

Mourinho’s main gripe – and it is one we have heard from plenty of Premier League managers before him – is the fact that the FA simply do not help sides who are in the latter stages of European competitions. In fact, they outright hinder them.

That is bad enough, but when you consider the fact that their European counterparts do everything in their power to help sides in the Europa and Champions League, it makes you wonder.

Mourinho has claimed before that during his time at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid all the respective league bodies did everything they could to help his sides in terms of shifting fixtures.

Indeed, before the first leg against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea had the late Saturday kick off whereas Atleti were allowed to move their fixture to Friday evening, giving them vital down time.

Given sheer injury and suspension list, you cannot really blame Jose Mourinho for wanting to protect what little of his men he has left – he will face the second leg without John Terry and Petr Cech, not to mention the suspended Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel. Not exactly ideal.

The club are also sweating on the fitness of Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o who both missed the first leg, although given Eto’o’s abysmal record away from Stamford Bridge this season, it would be understandable if Mourinho claimed injury and left him at home no matter what.

The trip to Anfield does not exactly come at an ideal time, but that is the nature of being a side like Chelsea and reaching the latter stages of the season still having a fixture pile up and things to play for.

Had the Blues not finally suffered a home league defeat the weekend before, no one in their right mind would have expected Mourinho to send the rather expensive reserves to Anfield – which before Connor Wickham and the officials had their way was a game that could have won Chelsea the title – but now it is all but gone.

Mourinho is focusing on getting Chelsea to their first Champions League final with him as manager – and one where he would face either his old adversary Pep Guardiola or indeed his former club Real Madrid. Neither of whom he is on particularly good terms with.

Yes, it is not ideal that Chelsea may well effectively hand the title to Liverpool – but in reality, Manchester City and the Blues managed to do that every time they dropped silly points this season, and that has been on more than one occasion.

Admittedly, Mourinho has gone berserk before during his time in Spain when Sporting Gijon threw a game by fielding their second string against Barcelona, but as all of us know, managers are just a tad hypocritical. They complain about what works for them when it works. Thinking anything other than that is simply deluded.

Liverpool meanwhile will be relishing the chance to all but confirm their place as Premier League winners for the first time.

Will it take the edge off it if Jose plays the kids? Not a chance. One game can be a stroke of luck or a fluke, but to be on top after 38 games is no coincidence. They have been better than the rest. And Mourinho knows it despite what he might say. He will just hope Chelsea can do the same in Europe.

After all, during Jose 1.0, Chelsea were league winners and Liverpool Champions League winners. How ironic if there was a reversal in fortunes this time around.

Is Jose right to concentrate on the Champions League or is he doing a disservice to the rest of the league? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.

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