Chelsea boss Mourinho walks out on press conference after questions over De Bruyne exclusion
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho walked out of a press conference held to preview the Blues’ Champions League encounter with Steaua Bucharest after persistent questions over the decision to leave out of the squad winger Kevin De Bruyne, the Daily Telegraph has reported.
The match in Romania is one Chelsea have to win to maintain their chances of progressing from the group stage of the competition, the newspaper adds, and Mourinho was in irritable form already over the prospect of losing Fernando Torres to an extended ban for his spat with Jan Vertonghen in the weekend’s Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
A question over De Bruyne, who was not involved at White Hart Lane and will not travel to Bucharest either, led to Mourinho complaining over the insistence of the press on asking questions regarding players not involved in the match before the Portuguese left the press conference, which was being conducted with Frank Lampard.
Before leaving, Mourinho compared the focus on De Bruyne to that previously on Juan Mata, saying sarcastically: “This is fantastic because no one asks me about Juan Mata. You have spoken about Mata for three weeks. Now you’re asking about Kevin.,” Mourinho said.
“You are impressed in the players who are not playing,” he added. “He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and I tried to decide, by what they do on the pitch when they play and in training.
“[Lampard] knows me for nine years and that I make mistakes, but I try to be honest all the time. I was honest with Juan because of what he’s done in training and what he’s done in the game he played, and so he plays.
“With Kevin I didn’t like the match he played against Swindon in the Capital One Cup, and I didn’t like the way he was training. But you only ask about the guys who were not selected. Thank you.” And with that he was gone.
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