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Samuel Eto’o Takes Parting Shot At Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho

samuel etoo chelsea Samuel Etoo Takes Parting Shot At Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho’s odd comments about Samuel Eto’o’s age were ignored by the striker while he continued to play for Mourinho at Chelsea. But now with the season over and Eto’o seemingly headed for the exit, the three-time European champion Eto’o has shot back at The Special One.

Eto’o made the following comment this week:

“I am 33 years old. And it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it.

“And you may have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters.”

For those who watch English football, it was indeed a treat to watch Eto’o play this season. Certainly he did not fire on all cylinders, but as a player who had spent his entire career on the continent prior to this season, Mourinho should be thanked for bringing the immensely popular and influencial attacking player to London even if it was for what amounted to a cameo.

Eto’o showed some of the flashes in big matches at Stamford Bridge this past season that made him the most lethal big game striker in Europe between 2005 and 2010. Mourinho, knowing full well that Eto’o could be counted on in the big occasions more so than Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, again showed his lack of discipline when he called out Eto’o.

Mourinho’s bizarre behavior towards the end of the season as the Blues league campaign was falling apart was a clear sign of a manager who had lost control of the narrative and to a large extent his senses. While many Chelsea supporters continue to make excuses for the public and private behavior of their manager, episodes like the Eto’o one have lost “The Special One” much of the previous mesmeric control he had over elements of the British press.

Today, unlike 11 months ago, Mourinho’s every word is judged cynically by the majority of the media and his comments about players are seen as a sign of weakness rather than of strength.

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A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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6 Responses to Samuel Eto’o Takes Parting Shot At Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho

  1. Hot Potato says:

    He’s 54. Some guy told me that at Joe’s Pub-n-Grub afew months back. He’s a stand-up guy. He wouldn’t lie.

    lolol

    On to more pressing issues: WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE FROM MAY 25 – JUNE 11??

    gah! I’m so scared. lol

    Good thing I have a ton of back-recorded Bundesliga games still stuck on my DVR to watc…ZZZZZzzzzzz. Gahhh. Guess it’s better than nothing.

    :)

  2. Yespage says:

    Eto’o… isn’t he the guy that tried to snap Henderson’s shins back in December?

  3. Ken says:

    Getting a bit tired of your constant snipping at Jose. We get it, you don’t like him.
    How you get published ever week is beyond me because you’re rubbish.

  4. Chris says:

    “Mourinho’s bizarre behavior towards the end of the season as the Blues league campaign was falling apart was a clear sign of a manager who had lost control of the narrative and to a large extent his senses.”

    Which events are you describing here? He seemed angry at the end of the season (rightfully so) but his behavior seemed standard Mourinho to me.

  5. R.O says:

    Eto is “invaliding the invalidator” To me it demonstrates little class by Eto. He should have just said nothing on the subject. That would have shown class.

  6. kay says:

    Mourinho is the biggest fool of all times. He is ungrateful and weak as a coach should be.Even if Samuel eto is 35 years old hasn’t played more than “his” precious weakly of players? Has he in his entire carrier seen a STRICKER like Samuel Eto’o…..???

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