Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho still in love with English football

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho jokes he is "Mr Bean is in jail" after falling foul of the FA again this season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has stressed that he is still in love with English football despite the Chelsea manager’s war with the FA in recent weeks.

The Blues manager received an £8,000 fine and a warning over his future conduct after confronting referee Chris Foy during Aston Villa’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in March.

I love it. You know what is English football? The fans, the stadiums… The yellow ball in the winter

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho landed himself in further trouble last weekend after he sarcastically described match official Mike Dean’s performance as “unbelievable”, as well as hitting out at referee chief Mike Riley, after the 2-1 loss to Sunderland.

The FA have charged Mourinho with improper conduct and the Chelsea manager has until Monday to give his response, with the 51-year-old expected to be fined – and he could face a touchline ban.

Despite all the controversy, Mourinho, being a “romantic”, still has a big soft spot for English football less than 10 months after returning from Real Madrid.

“I love it,” said Mourinho. “You know what is English football? The fans, the stadiums… The yellow ball in the winter. The white ball in the summer. The FA Cup final with Hull City. The FA Cup semi-finals with Sheffield and Wigan. I love English football.”

Asked whether he was the victim of an English sense of humour failure, Mourinho joked: “So Mr Bean is in jail!”

He added: “I wasn’t surprised [at the charge]. In football, I’m never surprised.”

Earlier his media conference ahead of their trip to Liverpool, Mourinho claimed that Chelsea don’t get enough respect despite being Europa League holders and the last English side to win the Champions League.

While Mourinho wants the Blues to get the credit which he feels the club deserves, the former Real Madrid manager isn’t worried about whether he has the respect of those involved in football.

“I don’t need respect,” he said. “I need respect from people I love, not from football people or people I don’t know.”

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