Jose Mourinho continued his never-ending feud with the media on Monday by walking out of the obligatory Champions League press conference. The reason? More inquiries over Mourinho’s player selection, or rather, player non-selection.
Already agitated by the month-long drama surrounding Juan Mata’s lack of playing time, Mourinho lost it when a reporter asked about the absence of Kevin de Bruyne on Chelsea’s 18-man roster for the upcoming tilt at Steaua Bucharest.
"This is fantastic because nobody asks me about Mata," Mourinho said. "You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne. So you are not interested in the players that are playing? You are interested in the players that are not playing."
Mourinho then quickly defended his decision to leave out the Belgian starlet before deserting Frank Lampard at the podium.
It’s a good thing the press conference wasn’t held a few hours later, or else Mourinho may have gotten bombarded with even more questions about players he’s been passing on. Namely, why he decided to loan out Romelu Lukaku for another year.
Everton’s rental striker netted two goals and assisted on the Toffees’ third in their 3-2 win over Newcastle on Monday. That brings Lukaku’s Premier League goal tally to three after just two appearances for Everton, exactly three more goals than all of Chelsea’s strikers combined so far.
"Here’s looking at you, Mou"