Jose Mourinho Mocks Samuel Eto'o and Rules Out Chelsea Title Charge

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at the KC Stadium, Hull, England, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Jose Mourinho added to his plethora of soundbites by mocking Samuel Eto'o's age and dismissing Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League in one fell swoop.

The Portuguese boss spoke to French television channel Canal Plus in typically dismissive fashion, once again reiterating his belief that Chelsea cannot gain the English crown this season, as reported by Neil McLeman of the Mirror.

"No, it is not possible," Mourinho said. "We don't have a goalscorer. Samuel Eto'o. Yes, Eto'o, but he is 32, maybe even 35, I don't know."

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While Eto'o is in fact 32, he remains Chelsea's most successful striker in a disappointing collective season for Chelsea's front men. Eto'o has scored six goals in 17 Premier League appearances, as reported by

When you consider Fernando Torres has four in 19 games and Demba Ba has posted one in 11, Eto'o's run is as close to prolific as Chelsea's strikers are likely to get this campaign. All are outshone by Eden Hazard, who has scored 12 in 27.

Eto'o recently denied rumours he is ready to quit Chelsea with a post on Instagram, as reported by Sky Sports:

False and degrading information has been published about me. I just want to remind to all that I have a tremendous love for Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for my leaders and teammates. I love Chelsea fans and I will keep on giving everything I have to defend the Blues.

Not content with poking fun at Eto'o, Mourinho also questioned Radamel Falcao for choosing the megabucks of Monaco over one of Europe's elite teams when he moved from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The former Real Madrid coach said the following of Falcao—who also suffered an age mishap in 2013—per McLeman's report: "We don't have Falcao and Falcao does not have a team. He plays in front of 3,000 people, a player cannot play in front of 3,000 people. For me, if one day I coach Monaco, it is to finish my career. It will be the end."

While Mourinho suggests he doesn't have enough to win England's domestic division this year, his constant denial of Chelsea's chances should be seen as mind games. He is excellent at removing pressure from his players and has situated himself in a win-win situation no matter Chelsea's final standing.

If the Stamford Bridge club do maintain their current lead at the top, Mourinho can act surprised. If they don't, it's a case of "I told you so."

Mourinho is often honest about all matters other than his own team. His "little horse" tag for Chelsea—per James Dickenson of the Express—has certainly removed the spotlight from his squad, aside from Eto'o, who will be itching to receive his free bus pass in the post soon.