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Victory Notwithstanding, Mourinho Tarnishes His Own Reputation

Chelsea may have played well last night in defeating Barcelona 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, but the victory has been undermined by the selfish and paranoid off-field antics of Manager Jose Mourinho, writes Richard Williams of The Guardian. In fact, it all has very little to soccer: following the head injury sustained by Mourinho's goalkeeper, Petr Cech, in last Saturday's Premier League clash away to Reading, Mourinho has been childishly pointing the finger at all and sundry for what one might assume he believes is a global conspiracy against his club. He has suggested that the head injury inflicted on Cech by Reading's Richard Hunt was premeditated when replays show there was no way the player -- who was going for the ball at full speed -- could have avoided the action. He has also suggested that Reading improperly dealt with bringing his player back for medical attention, and worse, that the ambulance staff was both late and incompetent. "Only one reputation was tarnished in the aftermath of the unfortunate and regrettable injuries to Cech and Cudicini, and that belongs to Mourinho himself," Williams said, before adding, "The trouble with Mourinho's outbursts [there have been many over the years] is that no objective outsider can now believe a word he says." Mourinho has now managed to point the finger at everyone but his own medical staff, who most feel were the ones who could, if anybody, be considered negligent during the incident. If indeed the whole world is against Chelsea (which it isn't), then Mourinho's outbursts have only served to further that cause, rather than help it.

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