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Friday 26 December 2014

Chelsa manager Jose Mourinho butt of jokes in Spain after poor start at Stamford Bridge

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Head Coach Murat Yakin of FC Basel gestures as Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League, Group E match at Stamford Bridge, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is marshalled by Giovanni Sio of FC Basel during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Gary Cahill of Chelsea gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Oscar of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Chelsea fans hold up a sign forJose Mourinho, manager of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League, Group E match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Chelsea's Juan Mata (right) and FC Basel's Fabian Schar in action during the UEFA Champions League, Group E match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Chelsea's Oscar (left) and FC Basel's Valentin Stocker in action during the UEFA Champions League, Group E match at Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 18, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marco van Ginkel of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea has a last minute chance at goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Willian of Chelsea and Marcelo Diaz of FC Basel battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Giovanni Sio of FC Basel clashes with Willian of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Willian of Chelsea and Kay Voser of FC Basel battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Willian of Chelsea and Kay Voser of FC Basel battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marco Streller of FC Basel celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marco Streller of FC Basel celebrates scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: FC Basel players celebrate in front of their fans at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marco Streller of FC Basel and Behrang Safari of FC Basel celebrate victory at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Matias Emilio Delgado of FC Basel is closed down by John Obi Mikel and Ashley Cole of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marco Streller of FC Basel celebrates with team mates after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: John Obi Mikel of Chelsea and Mohamed Salah of FC Basel battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Mohamed Salah of FC Basel celebrates scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Marcelo Diaz of FC Basel and Willian of Chelsea battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Ivan Ivanov of FC Basel pulls on the shirt of Oscar of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is marshalled by Marcelo Diaz of FC Basel during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Frank Lampard of Chelsea is marshalled by Giovanni Sio of FC Basel during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Chelsea and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

There is little sympathy for Jose Mourinho's early season woes among the fans of his former club, Real Madrid. His most committed followers in the Spanish capital were too busy celebrating Real's 6-1 away win over Galatasaray on Tuesday to defend him and his critics were not going to pass up the opportunity to laugh at Chelsea's home defeat to Basel.

"How long before he drops Petr Cech" and "he's nothing without Aitor Karanka" were representative of the humour inspired by such an unexpected capitulation. The jokes were references to Mourinho dropping Iker Casillas at Madrid and his tendency to send out assistant Karanka when he did not feel like talking to the press – although in fairness to the Portuguese he always showed if Real had failed to win.

In the press area of the Nou Camp there was a more sober reaction as news reached the Barcelona players after their 4-0 win over Ajax that their old nemesis had made an inauspicious start to the Champions League campaign.

Gerard Pique said: "What you have to avoid in the group is a surprise. Chelsea, losing at home against Basel, is an example of that; that makes things complicated. In recent years we have qualified fairly easily, before the last game and that saves you the suffering that perhaps teams like the example you have given – Chelsea – are now going to have."

Pique agreed that this could be a strange Champions League with so many teams having changed coaches in the summer but he pointed out a key difference. "The style here since [Johan] Cruyff came has not changed," he said. "You can have variations and moments in the game when you play one way or another but in the end the aim is always to have the ball and control the game and from there create the chances on goal."

The idea that Barcelona's style is predetermined and unlikely to change whoever takes charge and that Chelsea have swung widely from wanting Pep Guardiola in charge and buying the players that would suit the Catalan coach, only to then end up appointing Mourinho, has left people scratching their heads. Almost as much as Mourinho's decision to put Spain international Juan Mata on the bench.

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