Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been refusing to speak to the press all week and will also ignore them again by not attending a pre-match press conference ahead of the late game with Sunderland a Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Instead the “special one” will do what he has done on the last three occasions and have assistant manager Steve Holland speak to the press in his place.
Never one to normally shy away from the camera’s we have been asking ourselves why now, is it because Chelsea is now entering a crucial phase of the season knowing they are so close to a place in the Champions League final and the chance to go top of the Premiership should they beat Sunderland at home on Saturday or is it something else entirely?
The Chelsea boss was recently handed a charge by the FA for ‘re-entering ‘the pitch after Ramires was shown a red card during the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, and while he is still fighting over it is seems all to Alex Fergusonish for the Portuguese manager not to talk to the press and especially so when he feels in the right.
With Mourinho no longer spouting his wise words the press have turned their attention to Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool which could very well be the plan the Chelsea boss intended by seeing all the pressure piled on Liverpool’s back. After all you must remember that Mourinho probably knows Rodgers better than anyone else after all the time they spent working together when Rodgers was a coach for the Blue’s.
Mourinho no doubt is holed up in a bunker somewhere trying to put together the perfect strategy to beat Sunderland on Saturday night before flying out to Spain where they will play Atletico Madrid who by the way beat Elche 2-0 Friday night at the Vicente Calderon in Tuesdays first-leg Champions League clash before facing what could be the title decider against Liverpool at the weekend in fortress Anfield.
Whatever his reasons some of that thinking will be revealed Saturday when we see the team he puts out to play Sunderland.