`Old man`Samuel Eto`o mocks Jose Mourinho during Chelsea's Spurs rout

Last Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 09:23

London: Chelsea striker Samuel Eto`o made fun of manager Jose Mourinho`s doubts about his age with an `old man` celebration during his side`s 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Mourinho sparked controversy last month when footage of him suggesting that Eto`o may be older than he claims -- 32 -- was broadcast by a French television channel.

After putting Chelsea ahead in the 56th minute, Eto`o raced to the corner flag, but abruptly slowed down, putting his left hand on his back and stooping to mimic old age.

The celebration met with a flurry of approval on Twitter, with one picture quickly garnering more than 1,000 retweets on the micro-blogging site.

Mourinho claimed to have enjoyed Eto`o`s celebration, telling Sky Sports: "It was fantastic. We knew it, because he was preparing something.

"I think he`s amazing. The way he copes with the situation in the last couple of weeks, I think he`s fantastic. And today I told him before the game: `You are going to score for sure.`"

In the clip broadcast on French television, which showed Mourinho in conversation with a Swiss businessman during a commercial event in Switzerland, the Portuguese said: "The problem with Chelsea is we lack a striker. I have one (Eto`o), but he`s 32. Maybe 35. Who knows?"

Mourinho subsequently rebuked the channel for showing the footage, claiming that it showed a "private conversation" not intended for public consumption.

Eto`o, who laughed off the affair, has a birthday on Monday and when Mourinho was asked on Saturday which milestone the striker will celebrate, he replied: "I think now he`s 33."

AFP

First Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 11:11

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