Jose Mourinho has never said that his idol is former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona, but the two are linked by their ability to talk like mentalists. When asked about his current injury crisis, Jose said:
“If you have no eggs, you have no omelette,” said Mourinho. “And it also depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket you have class one eggs, and you also have class two and class three.
“Some are more expensive than others and they give you better omelettes. Sometimes the class one eggs are not in Waitrose (an English supermarket) so you don’t go there.”
“How equipped is my squad to deal with the competitions? It depends on the players. For me the problem is not to have three or four players injured. For me the problem is which three or four are injured.”
“When you have Drogba, Lampard, Ballack and Carvalho out you are speaking about 40 per cent of the team, and the spine of the team. That is, one defender, two midfielders and one striker.
So… his best players like Drogba and Lampard are class 1 eggs, presumably backups like Wayne Bridge and Claudio Pizarro are class 2 eggs and then pointless signings like Andriy Shevchenko are class 3? And so his team are now some kind of crap omlette?
Hmm, that actually does make sense.