Date:Friday January 12 2007
I awoke all bleary eyed this morning to watch the cricket, only to find another embarrassing loss on the cards, so I opted for a little surfing on the old internet.
Almost instantly I came across an article entitled 'Mourinho: I'm not so lucky'.
'I'm reading that' I thought to myself.
I could not believe my eyes. Here's what he said.
'I'm not even as lucky as some other people because I don't have in the reserve team defenders with the quality and ready to play for my team,' said Mourinho.
'You look at other teams - Glenn Roeder had (Paul) Huntington, and the boy who scored against Manchester United (David Edgar).
'Other teams have an answer. We have no quality defenders and players ready to play for the first team.'
'They are too young or not good enough to play at this level. I don't even have a second squad to go and pick players.'
The first thought that popped into my head was that this is the first time in since he arrived that Chelsea have had any sustained period of time when they have had any injuries.
Secondly he has compared his luck with the manager of Newcastle United. Glenn Roeder is one manager who has cause for complaint. His team have suffered so many injuries this season that when he faced Moroninho's Chelsea, I believe he had 10 first team players out of action.
To add an Arsenal slant on this article I'd like to point out that over the past two seasons the Gunners have had one of the worst injury records in the league. Last January we were without a mammoth 8 defenders, yet we somehow managed fourth spot, the Carling cup semi final and the final of the Champions League without once bemoaning our luck.
And last but by no means least, Josie has no-one to blame but himself. If the special needs one hadn't spunked all his money away on an over rated striker and the wages of a lazy German midfielder, he might, just might have been able to afford a player or two in positions that actually needed strengthening.
So if Maureenho is looking for some sympathy by making this statement, lets give him some.
After three, 1, 2, 3........
Date:Friday January 12 2007
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