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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is furious after off-air comments on striker problems were aired on TV

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 14:03 | Comments

Jose Mourinho seems to be unsure as to the age of Samuel Eto'o
Jose Mourinho seems to be unsure as to the age of Samuel Eto'o

Jose Mourinho has hit out at the "disgraceful" ethics of a journalist recording and making public his private, light-hearted comments about Chelsea's striking options.

Mourinho believes the media "should all be embarrassed" for reporting quotes filmed by French television station Canal Plus, when he was in conversation with a Swiss businessman at a recent sponsor's event.

The recording, aired on Monday, shows Mourinho commenting on Chelsea's lack of depth up front and questioning the age of Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o.

"I think you should be embarrassed, as a media professional because from my point of view I don't think you - not you, but a colleague - (should be) able to record a private conversation, to make it public," he said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Galatasaray in Istanbul.

"I think you all should be a bit embarrassed, because it's a case of the ethics you have in your work.

"From my point of view, is it an unhappy comment? Absolutely. But from the ethical point of view, I think it's a real disgrace."

Canal Plus captured the footage as they were waiting to conduct a one-on-one interview with the Chelsea boss, who was also filmed addressing the possibility of signing reported long-time target Radamel Falcao from Monaco.

"I need a striker, Falcao needs a club," Mourinho is reported to have said.

"A player like him cannot play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end (your career with)."

The furore surrounding the leaked footage is hardly the ideal preparation for Chelsea's Champions League last-16 first leg against Roberto Mancini's Gala.

Attempting to move on and focus on the game, which will see the Blues pit their wits against their former striker Didier Drogba, Mourinho said: "You want to speak about the game? I'm ready.

You want to speak about some ethics of journalists?" - before shaking his head.

Live television coverage of Galatasaray v Chelsea from 19:30 on Wednesday 26 February on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (RoI only). Live radio coverage on Game On on RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ.ie (RoI only) from 19:00.

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