Jose Mourinho on Tuesday denied that his relationship with striker Samuel Eto’o has been damaged despite appearing to make disparaging remarks about he and Chelsea’s other strikers during a secretly recorded conversation. Speaking to the head of Hublot watches at a sponsor’s event, Mourinho was secretly recorded saying: "The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer. I have one [Eto'o] but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?"
During his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash against Galatasaray, Mourinho labeled the French media “a disgrace.” He said: "I think you should be embarrassed as a media professional because, from an ethical point of view, I don't think you should be happy – not you, but a colleague – is able to record a private conversation and make it public," he said. "You should all be a bit embarrassed because it's against the ethics you have in your work. From an ethical point of view, it's a real disgrace."
He added: "I'm not defending what I'm saying. I'm attacking something that is, I think, fundamental in your professional area. That person showed exactly what he is, or what he doesn't know about the job. From my perspective, the comment is obviously not a good one, and obviously not something I would do in a serious way, an official way in an interview.”
Regarding his relationship with Eto’o, Mourinho said: “He's four times a Champions League winner: people think three times, but one in Real Madrid, two in Barcelona and one with Inter. It was with him that I had the best ever season of my career. He's one of the few players who is working with me at a second different club, and a manager doesn't do that if he doesn't like the player or the person. He has no reason to be upset.”