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Mourinho sneers at Redknapp's "brilliant football brain"

ESPN staff
April 27, 2014
The hypocritical one

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could not resist a dig at television pundit Jamie Redknapp following his side's stunning 2-0 win over title-chasing Liverpool at Anfield.

Mourinho used his post-match interview with Sky Sports to take a swipe at the "brilliant football brain" of Redknapp, who was working as a studio analyst for the broadcaster.

Asked for an insight into his tactics for the match, Mourinho waved away the question, sarcastically replying: "You speak with Jamie Redknapp and he tells you everything about it. It was about winning - you have your pundits and Jamie Redknapp, who is a brilliant football brain, they can explain to you everything."

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Mourinho, who has shunned some of his media duties in recent weeks, was revelling in his moment after taking a weakened team that was without captain John Terry and first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, with 20-year-old centre-back Tomas Kalas making his debut in defence.

"My players are amazing. They had a fantastic match. It is a great victory, and we celebrate as we have because it was a big performance by everyone and a beautiful victory.

"We were never in trouble against a fantastic team with beautiful players and have smashed everybody that has come here. For a kid like Kalas to make his debut and play the way he did and also Mark [Schwarzer, who replaced Cech in goal] to come in having not played for the whole season.

"Obviously I have to speak about the kid [Kalas] because it was a special day for him, but all of our team was fantastic. It is a very much deserved victory and now we can say we won both matches against the champion.

"If the champion is Liverpool, we can say we won both matches against Liverpool and if the champion is Man City, we won both matches against Man City."

Mourinho saved one last dig at Liverpool, who had welcomed Luis Garcia - scorer of the controversial winner in a Champions League semi-final nine years ago - back to Anfield as a guest of the club for the day.

Asked about Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening, Mourinho added: "I would not say it is the game of our lives because we have many big matches but to play a Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge is something big.

"The result [from the first leg] is 0-0, not a very good result I have to say, but if we win it is a magnificent result. The club over the past 10 years, I don't know, it's something like six or seven semi-finals, two finals.

"Even today they brought out Luis Garcia for us, the scorer of the ghost goal, it wasn't a goal, but we are going to try once more to go to the final."

Jose Mourinho revelled in Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield © Getty Images
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