Mourinho lashes out at Drogba, says he is trying to sell his book

Sankha Ghosh / 30 November 2015

Jose Mourinho has responded to the criticisms from former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, accusing the Ivorian is just looking to sell copies of his new autobiography.

Didier Drogba, who netted 164 times in two spells at Stamford Bridge, earlier commented that the Blues don’t have a leader in the dressing room this season.

When speaking at the launch of his autobiography “Commitment”, he claimed: “There are some facts that you can’t hide.

“During my time at Chelsea we had a lot of leaders in the team, not only last year but during the previous seasons.

“We could take responsibility for a result and change the situation in bad moments, such as when there was a change of manager or when we had bad results.”

But Mourinho insists he is not at all concerned by the comments and thinks the 34-yerar-old Montreal Impact attacker seeks publicity by making these remarks. 

He said to the reporters: “When you speak because you want to sell books, I don’t read [it].

“I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists or newspapers or television, but this is not an interview. It was to sell books.

“It doesn’t disappoint me — it was just the reality. It was just to sell books. I can analyse Didier’s interview with pleasure, but not Didier selling books.”

Drogba joined Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact back in July this year. Since arriving Canada, the Ivorian has scored 11 goals in 12 appearances for the MLS side. His team was knocked out following an extra-time defeat to Columbus Crew in the play-offs. Earlier this month reports came that the former Chelsea star is waiting for a return to Stamford Bridge to train with his former teammates during the MLS off-season until January.

Despite the frustrating goalless draw against Tottenham yesterday, Mourinho still thinks Chelsea players were trying their best, “focused on doing our job the best we can.”

The underfire Portuguese manager also revealed his aim is to reach the end of December in a situation where a top four finish remains a possibility, “we can smell the top part of the league and believe that, in the second part of the season, we will be able to reach the top positions.”

He further added, “We have to play every match as if we are fighting for the title, but the reality is we need points, the same way we needed them last season, when we were top of the table and almost champions and fighting to be champions.”




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