Jose Mourinho: Billy the Chelsea Masseur Gave Team Talk vs. Manchester City

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterFebruary 4, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea celebrates victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night, and then told journalists that he hadn't been the mastermind of the win after all.

Instead, the Blues manager said that it was all down to the team's masseur, a Scot by the name of Billy McCulloch.

McCulloch gave the team talk to the Chelsea players rather than Mourinho, he claimed.

As reported from the post-match press conference (via Sky Sports):

I didn't speak to the team—I am serious! It was Billy the masseur who spoke to them.

He was screaming so much in his Scottish accent, going grrr, grrr, grrr, that I didn't understand, but the players were clapping so they must have got it!

The last time I spoke to them was at lunchtime. It was Billy's team talk, I'm telling you.

Billy was fantastic, I didn't understand, but it looks like the players did.

Chelsea were praised for their display, which stopped City's perfect run of 11 home wins in the Premier League this season.

Now, in the final third of the campaign, just two points separate the top three teams—Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

So what next? Arsene Wenger to hand over team talk responsibilities to the club physio? Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan to start picking the team? Actually, don't answer that.