During his disappointing final season at Real Madrid and with his side out of Europe, Jose Mourinho gave the world his preference in choosing clubs to manage and an insight on his next move by claiming he wants to be at a club where he is loved. Jose’s rapacious appetite for being adored as a demigod should have been seen from afar before we began our second love affair with him in 2013. To the demeaning Portuguese, loyalty is a byproduct of an unstrained relationship. In his own words:
“I don’t believe in stories of passion and heart, maybe I am too pragmatic in football…”
His definition of the affinity he shared with the club is short term and everything becomes history once ties are broken. He expressed his thoughts better when he remarked on Frank Lampard’s exit from the club in 2014:
“When he decided to go to a direct competitor then love stories are over.”
For Jose, his love story with Chelsea also ended when he felt betrayed and sacked by the club. More so, no affinity exists the moment he became Manchester United manager. His public demonstration of new allegiance to the Red Devils by tapping the United badge during our FA Cup game with his side is a firm proof of his breakup with Chelsea.
This weekend brings another showdown at Old Trafford which promises to be another feisty encounter. José’s revenge mission against Chelsea has not ceased and will be looking to get one over us. Conte’s success is José’s sickness, and the reality check for the Portuguese is that the Italian’s team is everything he wants his United side to be and even more. The glaring picture is there’s more to José’s mind games and his sweetest desire will be to derail Chelsea’s title bid like he did to Liverpool three years ago.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high.