Chelsea will be hoping to get their season back on track when they welcome Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv today, September 16 in their UEFA Champions league opener.
However, the team’s boss Jose Mourinho is not a happy man after a dismal start to the season which has seen the champions lose three of their first five Premier League games and sit 11 points behind rivals Manchester City.
Mourinho who has been under fire, was involved in a testy exchange with BBC Sport’s Ben Smith after he was quizzed about his managerial record.
Asked whether his team is currently being plagued with the third season syndrome, Mourinho reacted: “Look, my third season at Porto? I didn’t have a third season.
“My third season at Inter? I didn’t have a third season.
“My third season at Chelsea the first time, I won the FA Cup and the Carling Cup, and I played the Champions League semi-finals. My third season in Real Madrid, I won the Super Cup, I lost the cup [Copa del Rey] final, and I went to the Champions League semi-finals. These are my third seasons.
Mourinho, however, went berserk when BBC Sports’ Ben Smith would not budge. The following conversation ensued:
“Ben Smith: Sure, but you know what I’m getting at…
“Jose Mourinho: So click Google, instead of making stupid questions, click Google and try to find.
“Ben Smith: Jose, you know what I’m getting at though, don’t you, how important is it for you to build…
“Jose Mourinho: No, you spoke about the third season, and I am telling you that the question is stupid, because the third season is what I told you.
“Ben Smith: Jose, you know the point of the question…
“Jose Mourinho: No, I know the point, the point is that the question is stupid. I am sorry…
“[At this point a Chelsea press officer intervenes].”