An infuriated Jose Mourinho walked out of a highly charged press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game at Steaua Bucharest.
The Chelsea boss cut an unhappy figure throughout and abruptly departed after being questioned on
leaving out Kevin de Bruyne for his side’s group stage clash.
Having already been criticised for leaving out last season’s star man Juan Mata this term, Mourinho came under question again having previously left
the Belgian out the squad to face Tottenham last weekend.
But Mourinho reacted with fury when asked about De Bruyne’s current squad status. Mourinho said: ‘It’s amazing because nobody asks me about Mata and now you ask about Kevin de Bruyne. You are not interested in the players who play only those who don’t.
‘Only 11 can play. I try to decide by what they do on the pitch and in training. Frank Lampard beside me knows me for nine years and he knows I make mistakes but I try to be honest.
‘He’s not selected because I didn’t like the game he played at Swindon and the way he has trained.’ After a half-hearted wave, Mourinho then walked
out leaving the already present Frank Lampard to see out the rest of the press conference.
The incident came just three days after Mourinho had referred to Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas as acting like a child. Mourinho also confirmed that Eden Hazard also did not travel with the squad for the Group stage clash.
Hazard picked up a minor ankle injury in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham last weekend, while De Bruyne has been left out of the squad following a poor
performance against Swindon in the Capital One Cup last week.
Chelsea were greeted with heavy Romanian rain on arrival in Bucharest, with ground staff at the National Arena seen laying down mats in an unorthodox method to soak up moisture from the pitch.