Media should be embarrassed, Mourinho says
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has criticised the media after a French TV station published comments he made about Chelsea lacking reliable strikers, adding that remarks about Samuel Eto'o's age were not intended to be serious.
Chelsea's Champions League game at Galatasaray on Wednesday has been overshadowed by Mourinho's comments that were made at a sponsor's event in Switzerland as part of a private conversation that he did not know was being filmed.
"The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer," the Portuguese said in footage captured by Canal Plus. "I have one (Eto'o) but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?."
Speaking in Istanbul on Tuesday ahead of the last-16 first- leg clash, Mourinho said he was not defending what he said but that the media should be embarrassed by what had occurred.
"I think you should be embarrassed as media professionals because by the ethical point of view I don't think you are happy that your colleague is able to record a private conversation and to make it public," he told a news conference.
"I think you should all be a bit embarrassed because it is against your ethic that you have in your work. Is it a not happy comment? Absolutely. But I think from an ethical point of view it is a real disgrace.
"I am not defending what I am saying, I am attacking something that is fundamental from your professional area. That person showed what he is or what he does not know about the job."
Mourinho said the recording was of a light-hearted conversation with someone who was not involved in soccer and not something he would say if he knew he was going to be reported.
Chelsea lead the Premier League but have struggled for goals from their three recognised strikers, Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, who have found the net 11 times between them in the league this season. Continued...