Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose Used 'Clowns' Line in Chelsea Teamtalk Too

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose Used 'Clowns' Line in Chelsea Teamtalk Too

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JOSE Mourinho's use of the word 'clowns' at half-time in the derby on Saturday had echoes of the team talk he gave his Chelsea players before they played Liverpool nearly four years ago.

Chelsea travelled to Anfield with Liverpool three games away from a first title in 24 years, but Steven Gerrard's slip allowed Demba Ba to slot in the opener in a gritty 2-0 win for the visitors.

Liverpool ended the season trophyless and their wait for a championship is set to extend beyond 28 years.

The match was sandwiched between Chelsea's Champions League semi-final ties with Atletico Madrid and Mourinho opted to rest a number of firstteamers, starting teenager Tomas Kalas in defence.

Mourinho warned the Chelsea players they would be the 'clowns in the circus', amid the media hysteria over a possible Liverpool title triumph. …

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