Jose Mourinho has sent a message to Chelsea supporters following taunts from the home crowd during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Antonio Conte’s side in the FA Cup quarter final.
Man United begun the game with intent but found themselves on the back foot following Ander Herrera‘s 35th minute red card, with N’Golo Kante’s strike just after half time proving enough to send the Blues through.
The 54-year-old, making a second visit to his old club this season, found himself on the end of some ‘F*** off Mourinho’ chants from the home support – to which he responded with holding up three fingers, signalling the number of times he won a Premier League title with Chelsea.
And the Portuguese, speaking after the game, was quick to remind Chelsea supporters of who made their club relevant in the first place.
“They can call me what they want,” he said. “I am a professional and I defend my club.”
“Until the moment they have a manager who wins three Premier League titles for them, I’m the number one.
“When someone wins four, I will be number two. Until then, ‘Judas’ is number one.”
Taunting somebody who essentially put your club – the club you, a Chelsea fan, have presumably followed for many years – on the map is genuinely laughable. Perhaps they should remind themselves that there was a time, not so long ago, when their side wasn’t much more than a mid-table nonentity. Kind of like what Stoke City are today.
Fast forward to the present and you see a club blessed with astonishing infrastructure, finely tuned in every sector: worldwide admiration, superb players and a taste for winning trophies, and now coasting towards a Premier League title and perhaps, judging by their display against United, even a double.
Now, Chelsea fans, who was the man responsible for laying the foundations for all of that success?