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Jose Mourinho Invades Sky Interview, Accuses David Luiz of Deliberate Booking

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2013

Jose Mourinho never fails to deliver.

One of the most entertaining head coaches in world football, The Special One was at it again following Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday, accusing David Luiz of getting intentionally booked so he could enjoy some time off.

While that would be funny in itself, Mourinho didn't just make the claim during his post-game press conference like any other coach would, the Portuguese mastermind decided to interrupt Luiz in the middle of an interview with Sky Sports to voice his thoughts.

Per John Drayton of the Daily Mail, Mourinho said:

He got a yellow card to be suspended against Southampton and goes to Portugal to enjoy.
I'm making fun. They did fantastic, but now he can go to Portugal.

Eden Hazard was present at the time and decided to join in on the action, asking permission to take some time to go to Belgium. Off-camera, Mourinho simply shouted "Southampton"—Chelsea's next opponent.

It was a moment of comical brilliance that gave fans a glimpse of the bond between Mourinho and his players, and Luiz in particular. The Brazilian played a fantastic game against Liverpool as a holding midfielder, but as reported by Nick Lustig from the Daily Star, Luiz has been linked to a January move to Barcelona.

Luiz has struggled as a centre-back at times this season, but his natural athleticism makes him an ideal fit as a holding midfielder in Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 formation. Losing him to Barcelona in January would certainly hurt Chelsea's title chances.

If this moment of camaraderie between Mourinho and his players is any indication, though, Luiz isn't going anywhere.

This image, courtesy of Chelsea Fc Bluearmy, sums up the situation up perfectly.

Luiz also elaborated on the game, praising his team's mentality and the performance of Hazard.

Of course it is not very good to (concede) a goal in the first minutes but there was a really strong mentality in the team, we gave everything on the pitch and it was magic tonight.
Eden had a great game tonight and I'm happy we have players like Eden in the team because then I see amazing football.

We will keep fighting for the title.

Mourinho seemed to agree, per Chelsea's official Twitter account.

With the win, Chelsea move up to third place in the Premier League table, trailing league leaders Arsenal by two points.

The Blues will travel to Southampton to take on the Saints on Wednesday.

 

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