Mourinho deals with the press as well as an anybody else…
The recent campaign talk by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is a perfect way to handle the press and put pressure on referees and it should be considered as such. The Portuguese manager knows mind games as much as anyone and has used it to his advantage time and time again. Many may have questioned his motives after the game against Southampton during the busy festive period when he accused referees and pundits of having a “campaign” against his team following controversial decisions against the west London side in recent months.
Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Gary Cahill, among others, have been accused of diving at one time or another this season and have fallen under the microscope. Everyone has talked about those incidents and it naturally could have become a bit of a hindrance for Mourinho and Chelsea if he didn’t try and distract the press and referees from players that have tried a fast one on the match officials to get decisions for their team. Apart from Fabregas, the other men are guilty as charged.
The three offenders against Hull City at Stamford Bridge also in the festive period, for example, could have all ended up in Chelsea going down a man. (Get the best odds at William Hill for a red card in any given match and use an exclusive promo code to get a free matched bet at sites such as this one). All three men were let off in the end, but with seemingly almost every single pundit in agreement that at least two of them (Ivanovic and Cahill) should have been punished severely, Mourinho’s defence of his players not being divers didn’t avert the storm enough. He had to go one further it seems. That’s where this talk of a conspiracy came up and all it has done it cause him to be fined a small amount by the FA and warned about future conduct.
But it has done much more good for him and his team than it may seem on the outside. Some referees may just be more soft and award Chelsea more decisions in fear of being caught in the storm again. The more experienced ones will likely not change their approach, but if Sir Alex Ferguson has showed anything, a manager can sometimes have a bigger mental advantage when they play their cards right. Mourinho may have just done that to win something major with Chelsea again. He is also protecting his players in public, which is important.