Thierry Henry has still not been forgiven for one incident ten years ago…
José Mourinho has been praising Thierry Henry all week, but he has also revealed that he has still not forgiven the Frenchman for one particular incident:
“I just want to thank him for the great moments he gave to all of us,” the Chelsea manager told the Mirror.
“Only one moment I didn’t enjoy, which was the goal he scored against us when Mr Poll allowed him to take the free-kick when everyone was still preparing.”
The incident in question was at Highbury in December 2004. While Petr Cech was organising his wall, Henry asked permission to take a free kick quickly. With Cech still leaning on his far post, the Arsenal striker curled the ball into the net.
Eidur Gudjohnsen was not 10 yards from the ball, which was what angered Mourinho, but technically the attacking player can take a free kick whenever they like.
Now that 10 years have passed however, Mourinho has forgiven the Frenchman, and is even willing to praise him for that moment:
“Even in that moment he showed how intelligent he was playing football,” the 51-year-old continued.
Henry retired this week after a career which saw him score 411 times in 917 games for Arsenal, Barcelona, Monaco, Juventus and the New York Red Bulls.