Jose Mourinho has responded to criticism from Liverpool legends Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher, following Chelsea’s elmination from the Champions League in midweek.
The former Liverpool duo were critical of the way in which Chelsea players surrounded the referee and influenced the decision to send off Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Mourinho says the pair were guilty of similar actions during their playing careers.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, Mourinho said: “You know, the world is a bit strange, maybe because of diet and the quality of the products we are eating, because memories are getting shorter. When Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness speak about it, it’s because they’re having a problem.
“This is the way I am and the way I work. I’m not like people want me to be, the way people sometimes like to describe me. Jamie stopped playing a couple of years ago and in two years he forgot everything he did on the pitch.
“Mr Souness also forgot but he stopped playing quite a long time ago, and he also forgets that a couple of years after he left Benfica I coached there. I know a lot about him.
“I learned so much about him but also a certain kind of education, not just in football but also in life. So I prefer to laugh and say that envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows give to the man.”
Mourinho added: “I’m not like you. I’m not like people in your area – the nature of your job is you go with the wind, the wind blows to that side you go to that side, the wind blows to the other side you go to the other side.
“I’m not like that with my players. I like my players and I trust my players when I win and when I lose. I can’t be like the wind, so I support my players. We win together and we lose together.
“The game finished, I was in the tunnel and one-by-one – not just the players, the coaches, everyone – I shook their hands, told them they deserved (to win), good luck for the future. This is the way we behave after a defeat.”