Aside the win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, and the Herrera sending off, the other event from last night that has continued to dominate headlines is the touchline altercation between José and Conte, after which Chelsea fans got involved and booed the United manager. Obviously the boos and “f*ck off Judas” chants got to José, and he reacted in the usual typical José manner. He raised 3 fingers in the air towards the Chelsea crowd as a coy reminder of the number of EPL trophies he brought to Stamford Bridge. But let’s talk about the night, were the Bridge faithfuls wrong to boo him or was José wrong to have mocked Chelsea with his 3 finger gesture?
Well, first of all, you have to say that José is right to have said he’s the most successful manager we’ve had. He won 3 EPL trophies for us in both stints at Chelsea. We have 5 in total, obviously it’s easy to know that. José might have left the club unceremoniously last season, but he’s still an idol at Chelsea, and deserves all the respect there is. Whatever happened between he and the fans yesterday was only because it was a competitive game and emotions were high. I’m sure that given the chance to work together again, both parties wouldn’t refuse it.
Having said that, I also have to speak for the neutral football fan out there. José is a great manager, but he’s very poor at man management and public relations. You can love José for his great management skills, but it’s hard to like his personality. He has a poor way of reacting to things and he tends to act in the heat of moments. It’s wrong for a man of his age. Football is a passionate sport, but it’s important to keep your emotions in check always. José provoked that altercation between himself and Conte yesterday, and that’s the reason Chelsea fans booed him. I’m not trying to justify the boos, I’m just saying that he can handle situations better. He gave the fans an excuse to boo him. He was at the Bridge in November, and he was welcomed warmly, so it was his actions yesterday that motivated what Chelsea fans did.
Finally, I also want to address the ‘best manager’ thing he keeps going on about. Maybe he doesn’t know this, but there’s a difference between ‘most successful’ and ‘best’. He may be the most successful manager we’ve had at Chelsea but that doesn’t make him the best. He should allow the players and fans be the judge of that.