Jose Mourinho does not take long to respond to mind games, does he? Just a day after Yaya Touré criticised him for a lack of respect towards other English clubs, Mourinho has come back with an explanation towards his comments. He also says that Touré appears to have a strange concept in his mind. After Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona, Touré spoke to the Spanish media. He said:
“I think he talks more than before, perhaps because the English press likes it.
“He is a coach and he must give respect a little bit. He is always talking about everyone and that is not the correct way. That is why Barcelona always beat Madrid when Mourinho was here.”
These are some pretty strong comments. As a winner of 20 major titles in a managerial career of just over a decade, Mourinho need not stay quiet for long. He has responded by saying that Touré has no understanding of what he said and that the Ivory Coast international is a strange concept in his mind about disrespect. Mourinho said:
“If to say before the Munich and Camp Nou matches that these matches are not over, that Arsenal and City have enough quality to go there and turn things around, if to support the teams from the country where I work, if this is a lack of respect, okay that’s a lack of respect.
“But I think that Arsenal and Manchester City showed that I was right, that they had enough quality to do it. They played very good matches, so I don’t think this is a lack of respect, this is support.
“In the same way, I say Manchester City have three matches in hand in the Premier League and they are capable of winning all three matches and going top of the league. If that is lack of respect, he has a strange concept of lack of respect.”
Mourinho’s comments about the other Champions League certainly did not influence the outcome. He was just giving his opinions to a question put forth by the media. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong. It is Touré who is trying to create something out of nothing.
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Ironically, Touré himself is speaking about other clubs. Perhaps, he should scrub the dirt from his back before looking at others.