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Mourinho hits back at 'envious' Carragher and Souness

ESPN staff
March 13, 2015
A passive performance from Chelsea?

Jose Mourinho has hit back at criticism from Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness regarding the behaviour of his Chelsea players against Paris Saint-Germain.

Nine of Mourinho's players confronted referee Bjorn Kuipers at Stamford Bridge after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's tackle on Oscar led to a straight red card for the PSG striker.

Former Liverpool pair Carragher and Souness, now working as pundits for Sky Sports, labelled Chelsea's behaviour during the Champions League elimination as "disgraceful" and "pathetic".

"The world is a bit strange, maybe because of diets and quality products we are eating, I think memories are getting shorter," said Mourinho. "Because when Carragher and Souness speak about it, it is because they are having a problem for sure.

"Carragher stopped playing two years ago and it seems he's forgotten everything on the pitch. Mr Souness has also forgotten, though he stopped playing a long time ago. He also forgets that I know so much about him, because he left Benfica as coach.

"But I prefer to laugh and prefer to say the envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man."

Ibrahimovic had said Chelsea's players acted like "babies", while captain John Terry defended his team-mates by claiming PSG's players set the tone in the match by surrounding the referee first.

However, Mourinho claimed his behaviour after the match was exemplary.

"One by one in the tunnel after the PSG game, I shook the hands of not just their players but the coaches and everyone else from PSG," he added. "I told them they deserved to win and good luck for the future.

"This is the way we behave after a defeat. I am not like the way people sometimes like to describe me."

Mourinho wouldn't elaborate on what was said in Thursday's squad meeting to discuss the exit to PSG.

He said: "I had a meeting for the players. Everybody spoke. Not everybody. Not one by one, but lots of people were speaking. We were very interactive. It was good.

"Yesterday, I closed with the players the chapter with the Champions League."

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