Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mourinho Dogged by His Injury Headaches, Drogba's Unrest and Pet Rescue; Three Days before the Wembley Showpiece, Chelsea's Coach Is Again at the Centre of Another Bizarre Set of Controversies

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mourinho Dogged by His Injury Headaches, Drogba's Unrest and Pet Rescue; Three Days before the Wembley Showpiece, Chelsea's Coach Is Again at the Centre of Another Bizarre Set of Controversies

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THE FA Cup Final was certainly on Jose Mourinho's mind this morning as he paced out of his Belgravia flat accompanied by an aide carrying his club crested suit for Wembley - but his hangdog expression had more to do with canine capers the night before than with matters atWembley.

Mourinho was arrested and cautioned at a west London police station last night after allegedly resisted officers who wanted to take away his Yorkshire terrier and put the dog in quarantine on grounds that it had been taken out of Britain and brought back without the required inoculations.

Mourinho left his flat without answering press questions today and headed to the Cobham training centre to step up preparations for Saturday's final against Manchester United.

Mourinho's dog was said to be still on the loose after the rumpus last night but the Chelsea head coach has more than a few other problems to chew on.

He was reviewing the fitness reports on a squad that has been dogged by injury problems all season and even prompted him to say - tongue in cheek, presumably - that he could have to pick reserve goalkeeper Hilario as a makeshift substitute striker.

He is certain to be without Andriy Shevchenko against United, putting more of the burden on Didier Drogba, who has scored 32 goals for his sidethis season.

But, just as last summer, the Wizard

Ivory Coast forward has admitted his future may lie away from Chelsea despite enjoying one of the best seasons of his career.

It seems all the recent success may not be enough to keep him at Stamford Bridge despite having another three years left on his contract.

Drogba said: "I am still at Chelsea, I've signed a new contract but I was very successful in France and now I am successful in England. I love challenges and maybe I will look for a new challenge somewhere else in another country. If Jose [Mourinho] left it would hurt me, that's for sure.

"We have been criticised because we were not good enough. The best are always criticised especially when they are not as good as they used to be. We have not been as good as the last two seasons, that's a fact.

"Personally, it has been a great season for me. I had more than a month off after the World Cup and I was finally able to rest properly. I needed it.

"I've reached my personal objectives such as finishing top goalscorer and winning the respect of the Premiership.

"But it has been a frustrating season, full of disappointments. The Premiership, the Champions League - losing in those competitions hurt us a lot." Ashley Cole also admitted Chelsea have not done as well this season and took his own share of the blame for not performing to his best. The left-back has put off ankle surgery until next week that will rule him out of England's games against Brazil and Estonia but allow him to play at Wembley. …

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