Morris de Chelsea 'respects' Mourinho despite publication on social networks

London, January 3 (AFP) Chelsea manager assistant Jody Morris says he has the utmost respect for José Mourinho despite having previously made fun of the head of Tottenham on social media.

Morris posted a video of himself jokingly pretending to cry on Instagram in November after Mourinho said he was still worried about Chelsea's chances this season.

The former Chelsea boss, Mourinho, now in charge of Tottenham, but then working as an expert for Sky Sports, had revealed his fears for the new boss Frank Lampard's youth team, as the club could not recruit in the summer due to his FIFA transfer ban.

Morris moved on Friday to defend his position as a cheerful reaction.

Many people misread my laugh at Joseph's comments, Morris said, speaking before the third round match of the Chelsea FA Cup against Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Listen, I have nothing but the utmost respect for José. He is an absolute legend and one of the best coaches in the game.

Personally, I was laughing at the fact that I was worried if we would be earning so much.

Morris, who intervened with little anticipation for the Chelsea press conference, with Lampard suffering an illness, said French forward Olivier Giroud would only leave during the January transfer period for the benefit of the club.

Giroud already admitted that he might have to find a move for more regular football, but Morris suggested that Chelsea could not afford to lose players without proper replacements.

It has to be for the benefit of the club, Morris said. We can't let people go out the door if that means we fall short somewhere.

Yes, you should also look at the individual, but I must say that Giroud has been nothing more than a class act and a superior professional since he was here, so I do not see any problem of him on that front. Chelsea is seeking reinforcements in the January transfer window after the club's transfer ban was lifted after an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AFP) AH AH

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