English Premiership

Jose's pre-Cup final plans ruined

2015-03-02 13:39
Jose Mourinho (AFP)

London - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that his plans to stop his players following Manchester City's game against Liverpool prior to the League Cup final were thwarted by his goalkeeping coach.

City lost 2-1 at Liverpool on Sunday, leaving Chelsea five points clear of the defending champions at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand.

Hours later, Chelsea beat Spurs 2-0 at Wembley in the League Cup final and Mourinho revealed afterwards that his attempts to keep his players in the dark about events at Anfield had been inadvertently undermined by excitable goalkeeping coach Silvino Loura.

"The perfect day was to win the final. I prepared the players for an impossible mission, which was we don't want to know the Man City result. Forget Man City," Mourinho told his post-match press conference.

"I knew that was an impossible mission, but I didn't want television in the hotel, in the bus.

"I told them, I don't want any kind of manifestation -- no disappointment because Man City score in the last minute, no manifestation because Liverpool won.

"I want complete silence. I don't want reactions to that. And we were successful on that. But one member of my staff jumped on the bus. Silvino.

"I want to kill the guy. The member of my staff broke the rule!"

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