Jose Mourinho says the media should be embarrassed after a private conversation he had about striker Samuel Eto'o was published by a French TV station.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (FEBRUARY 25, 2014) (REUTERS) - Jose Mourinho criticised the media on Tuesday (February 25) after a French TV station published comments he made about Chelsea lacking reliable strikers, adding that remarks about Samuel Eto'o's age were not intended to be serious.
"The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer," the Portuguese said in footage captured by Canal Plus. "I have one (Eto'o) but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?."
Speaking in Istanbul on Tuesday ahead of the last-16 first- leg clash, Mourinho said he was not defending what he said but that the media should be embarrassed by what had occurred.
"I think you should be embarrassed as media professionals because by the ethical point of view I don't think you are happy that your colleague is able to record a private conversation and to make it public," he told a news conference.
"I think you should all be a bit embarrassed because it is against your ethic that you have in your work."
Mourinho, who signed Eto'o for Inter Milan in 2009, said the recording was of a light-hearted conversation with someone who was not involved in soccer and not something he would say if he knew he was going to be reported.
Chelsea lead the Premier League but have struggled for goals from their three recognised strikers, Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, who have found the net 11 times between them in the league this season.
"From my perspective the comment is not obviously a good one and is not obviously one I would do in a serious way, is not something I would do in an official way in an interview," Mourinho said.
"First of all because I don't make fun. Secondly, if there are managers in the world that defend their players I am obviously one of them."