“My philosophy is that the players should know how to adapt themselves to the Coach’s way of thinking,” explained Mourinho after dropping Adri for his nightclubbing on the weekend.
“I don’t know if Adriano knows why he is out, I don’t know. I can only say that I have been dedicated to him, not only in the uniform of a trainer, but also as a workmate.
“But I am responsible for a group of 29 players, in which there are rules and one cannot allow oneself to do what the others are not permitted to do.”
Rather than holding back, Mourinho continued to seethe at Adriano’s attitude to professional football, but left the door open for the man known as ‘the Emperor’.
“My affection towards him does not change, but I have to defend the club first and then the team and in the end ‘we’ the group.
“My principles are fundamental. The players have to understand that this is fundamental to me.
“Obviously, it would be great to have Adriano tomorrow against Reggina, but I insist that, for me, the respect of one’s fellow professionals and one’s club is more important.”