Mourinho brought back down to earth, Suarez does the right thing
Editor's column: Jose Mourinho deserves credit for coming clean, while Luis Suárez is at the right club to progress
Back to reality for Mourinho
After leading the Premier League and looking on course to reach the Champions League final, Jose Mourinho is facing the now very realistic prospect of ending his first season back at Stamford Bridge without a trophy. The Portuguese coach has been consistent in his stance that Chelsea were not yet ready to challenge for the Premier League, describing his team as a “little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump” to the delight of the media back in February. But after his side’s Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, even Mourinho was forced to admit that he had begun to “dream” of success on both fronts this season. “When things go in a certain direction, there is a moment when you dream and you think that things are possible, even if they are not so realistic. Because you go step by step, you build your dream.” It was a refreshing comment from the Special One, who most had accused of engaging in psychological warfare by playing down his side’s title hopes. It seems that Chelsea’s impressive displays against the top opposition this season caused his mind to wander along with everyone else’s.
Luis Suarez’s comments committing his future to Liverpool will of course be a fillip for Reds fans following their demoralising defeat by Chelsea but his stance should come as no surprise. It’s well known that the 27-year-old’s public – and pretty unprofessional – hankering for a move away from Anfield last summer centred around a longing for Champions League football. Liverpool have secured that target with three games to spare thanks to the Merseyside club’s out-of-the-blue Premier League title push. And with the Reds making impressive strides under Brendan Rodgers, Suarez would be wise to stick by the club that stuck by him, despite the reported admiring glances from Real Madrid.