Not enough rest? Too much rest? Slow ball boys? Playing with ‘beach balls’?! After Jose Mourinho’s latest ridiculous excuse of there being too many days between Tottenham games after lockdown, here is a list of his most bizarre moans ever
- Jose Mourinho is not one to shy away from making excuses for his team
- He recently criticised how his Spurs side had too many days in between games
- Mourinho has also taken aim at ball boys and stadium floodlights in recent years
- Here is a catalogue of the Special One’s most bizarre excuses to date
Jose Mourinho has always been quick to point the blame at someone, or something, else when things don’t quite go to plan.
Many believe the Portuguese boss makes excuses to deflect the attention away from his players while others think he just loves to moan.
While his analogies and outbursts are the stuff of legends, his catalogue of excuses from over the years have left fans scratching their heads.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is not one to shy away from making excuses for his teams
His most recent grumblings over the fixture schedule saw him bizarrely claim that his Tottenham team had too many days in between games – a far cry from the days of him complaining on a yearly basis about the hectic winter schedule.
But what else has Mourinho blamed for his shortcomings over the years? Here, Sportsmail has complied a list of the Special One’s most bizarre excuses.
Too many days between games
Mourinho’s most recent moan incredibly saw him criticise how his Tottenham team had too many days in between games following three months in lockdown.
Spurs face Sheffield United on Thursday night, more than a week after their 2-0 victory over West Ham. Chris Wilder’s side have played twice in that time and Mourinho is miffed by the long break.
‘It’s not good for us, it’s too long,’ he said. ‘I’d always say three days is the perfect time between matches. Two days? No. But more than three days, especially when you are chasing your best form.
‘So I’m not happy to be waiting for so long. After victories you don’t need time to rest, you don’t need recovery time, you need to play.
‘And especially now we play four matches in a very small period of time.’
Mourinho recently complained about Tottenham having a long gap between their games
Not enough days between games
It’s not uncommon for managers to lament and curse the festive fixture pile-up each season, but on this one, Mourinho takes the cake.
In the run up to Christmas this season, Mourinho described the Premier League fixture schedule as ‘a crime’.
Spurs came from a goal down to beat Brighton before facing the prospect of playing Norwich two days later after a hectic period for the club.
Mourinho said: ‘How can they play again in less than 48 hours? The distances they run, the sprints, the intensity… how are we going to control that?
‘It’s a crime that they are going to play football again on the 28th. It’s against every rule of physiology, biology. But that’s the way it is.’
Mourinho described the Premier League calendar in the Christmas period as ‘nonsense’
And while he view of football may have changed following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, fans will point to his many other outbursts where he has hit out at the manic festive schedule.
While at Manchester United, Mourinho hit out at the ridiculous fixture pile-up each Premier League team faces.
He said in 2017: ‘It’s absolutely nonsense, I know that applies with many other clubs. Liverpool are going to play 16 matches, Chelsea will play 16 matches, plus some in the FA Cup and we are in this crazy situation.
‘I think Southampton will have 15 days without football before the final and we are going to have in these 15 days two matches against St Étienne [in the Europa League] and the next round of the FA Cup so the calendar in the best country of world football is nonsense.
‘In a realistic way I think the Premier League is almost an impossible mission but I just think about winning the next match and the next match is not an impossible mission.
The wrong type of winter break
You’d think Mourinho and indeed most Premier League managers would have been happy to have finally got a winter break to ease strain on their squads earlier this season.
From too many games being played to not enough games being played in a week, you just can’t please him.
However, after Premier League sides were granted a fortnight off, Mourinho took the opportunity to moan about the timing of the winter break, saying it offered his Spurs side no help with their Champions League ambitions.
‘It is what it is. I am not happy that the break comes in the wrong moment because the break should be before the Champions League.
‘In the end before the Champions League we don’t have the break. We have to play Aston Villa on the Sunday before playing Red Bull [Leipzig] two days later.’
The Portuguese boss was critical of when this season’s winter break was introduced
Taking aim at the ball boys
Mourinho has had a topsy-turvy relationship with ball boys over the years.
Earlier this season, he heaped praise on one quick-thinking mascot for helping assist Serge Aurier in setting up a Harry Kane goal, which saw the young man get invited to meet the team as a reward for his efforts.
However, the Southampton ball boys didn’t quite get the same treatment earlier this season after accusing them of time-wasting.
Mourinho got into an argument with Saints’ goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes, calling him an idiot before receiving a yellow card as Spurs went down 1-0 to Southampton on New Year’s Day. While he accepted his punishment, Mourinho couldn’t help himself in taking aim at Sparkes and then the St Mary’s ballboys after the game.
Mourinho heaped praise on his Tottenham ball boy for helping set up a goal in November
‘I think the yellow card is fair because I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot. For some reason I was rude,’ he said in his post-match interview.
‘But I was, and because I was rude I deserve the yellow card. Basically, I had bad words with the guy.
‘The second half was not easy. They were winning, they were defending basically with 10 players, fighting hard and being aggressive, a good aggressive, with lots of fouls, lots of [times] the match stopped and the ballboys were well coached in the delaying of the game and there was not much play.’
However, Mourinho accused the St Mary’s ball boys of time-wasting on New Year’s Day
And this wasn’t the only time he’s had a problem with the young pitch-side assistants.
After Jose’s Chelsea lost 2-1 to eventual champions Leicester City in 2015, Mourinho revealed he was not happy with the Foxes ball boys.
He moaned: ‘They [Leicester City] fought with everything, they defended with everything, and the ballboys were amazing too.’
Perhaps one of the most absurd Mourinho gripes he’s had this season came after Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round.
The reason for Spurs failing to overcome this modest Championship team was… an underweight Mitre match ball.
‘I think this ball is [a] beach ball. It’s too light. I don’t think it helps the players. But that’s not an excuse.’
That sounds exactly like an excuse, Jose.
The Tottenham boss compared the ball used in the FA Cup to a ‘beach ball’ earlier this season
It’s the floodlights’ fault
While Chelsea managed a difficult win over west London rivals QPR in 2014, Mourinho still wasn’t happy.
Jose blamed the floodlights for not being switched on early enough – with it being one of the main reasons why his Blues team took so long to score.
‘I think the man responsible for the lights was in the same mood as the crowd, because everybody was sleeping.
‘It took him 20 minutes to understand that it was dark, but it took me 30 minutes to understand that the stadium was not empty.’
Blaming his rivals
With the title already already wrapped up in the 2014-15 campaign, Chelsea were beaten 3-0 by West Brom at the Hawthorns.
And Mourinho blamed his side’s lack of intensity on the poor season their rivals had had.
He said: ‘If I have to blame anybody, blame Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool for letting us win the title so early!’
Mourinho cheekily blamed his title rivals for his Chelsea side’s lack of intensity in 2015
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