by Mark Bassey
When John Mikel Obi drove into Mikel Arteta last year and broke his shinpad, Jose Mourinho did not see what was wrong with it.
“The tackle is a hard one, an aggressive one – but football is for men,” he stated, almost nonchalantly.
Last weekend, Ashley Barnes also drove into Nemanja Matic during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at home to Burnley and Mourinho was at his dramatic best.
“I can’t find words to describe what that player did. Football is about emotions and sometimes people lose emotions,” he said.
“Matic had reason to lose his emotions. What are the consequences of Matic’s push on the other player? Nothing. One second later, he stands and goes.
“The consequence for Matic could be the end of his career. I can’t find an adjective any stronger than to say ‘end of career’. Matic is a lucky guy.”
It’s really ugly how Mourinho keeps whining against seeming injustice against his team, but turns a blind eye when they are the offenders.
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.