Chelsea boss Mourinho: Yes, Eto'o and I didn't always get along
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is delighted to again be working with former Anzhi striker Samuel Eto'o. Mourinho insisted that it was imperative to have three main strikers at his disposal and Eto'o takes his place along with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the squad.
"If sometimes I have to risk one point to get three I do it almost every time," Mourinho explained. "Against Manchester United I didn't because I felt it was an important point. But I like to have strikers on the bench and I like to finish matches with two of them. That's why this group of three is fundamental. It is very rare I don't make changes."
Mourinho and Eto'o have had their differences in the past and when Eto'o was with Barcelona he vowed he would never play for the self-proclaimed 'Special One'.
Mourinho, however, laughed off their differences and said: "You have to be experienced and smart and know the football world is very small. Sometimes you say things and a few years later you are faced with a difficult situation.
"I had a funny situation with (Portugal midfielder) Deco. Deco was in Porto, I was in Leiria. In November we play Leiria against Porto. In the match we exchanged some hot words and two weeks later I was Porto manager.
"So I come into the dressing room and the first thing I did was look at Deco and he was looking to his knees, but when we are on the same side everything changes. And Samuel with me at Inter Milan was a golden period for both of us and here he is again."
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