Jose Mourinho's Dry Iker Casillas-Europa League Comment to Press After Porto Win

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2015

Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gives a press conference on the eve of a UEFA Champions League, group G football match against Porto at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, south west London on December 8, 2015. 
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Even in victory, Jose Mourinho has shown he can make a post-match press conference interesting by aiming a subtle comment in the direction of one of his former charges on Wednesday.

The Chelsea boss guided his side to the Champions League round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Porto at Stamford Bridge, in doing so relegating Porto and goalkeeper Iker Casillas to Thursday football in the Europa League.

The two fell out while at Real Madrid, and Mourinho is credited with kick-starting Casillas' eventual departure from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.

Captain of the Real Madrid football team, Iker Casillas (L), and Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (R), attend a press conference in Kuwait City on May 15, 2012. Real Madrid are to play a friendly match against Kuwait’s national soccer team on May 16, at a

Interviewed by Spanish TV station MEGA (h/t Goal) after Wednesday's win, the Blues manager made a particularly dry comment when questioned about his relationship with the goalkeeper.

“No problem. I've done my job and he has done his, and he has done well," Mourinho said. "Now Casillas can win the only trophy he hasn't won: the Europa League."

Whether it was intended to be a dig, it's true—Casillas has never lifted the Europa League in his decorated career—but the Spanish stopper might be forgiven for considering the trophy something of a booby prize.