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The day was 17 September 2007. Mourinho was speaking to the press on the eve of Rosenberg clash in the Champions League group stage.
Mourinho’s side had failed to hit the net in their last two league games. Mourinho’s comments came in response to a question about the Peter Kenyon’s interview – the then Chief Executive of Chelsea – which forms part of the behind-the-scenes film on the Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge, The Blue Revolution
Asked about the oligarch’s philosophy for Chelsea, Kenyon said: “I see him two, three times a week, depending on games. He’s passionate about Chelsea. He’s passionate about how we are perceived, how we do things. If we win, we want to win stylishly. He’s in it for the long term.
Jose Mourinho was suffering from injuries to key members of his squad. Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Ballack all missed the 18th September Champions League opener against Norwegians Rosenberg at home.
The style of how we play is very important. But it is omelettes and eggs. It is omelettes and eggs. No eggs – no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs.
In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.
A little over 48 hours after that thinly veiled criticism, and with the Norwegians having drawn with Chelsea in the interim, the manager was relieved of his duties, with his relationship with Abramovich apparently cracked beyond repair.
Mourinho later reflected in a CNN interview in 2012 about the incident,
This story of eggs and omelettes is common in Portugal and it was a period in Chelsea when I had a lot of injuries
I had no central defender to play.
I was waiting in the market for January to get a central defender, I didn’t get, I didn’t get. So it was positive way, a funny way of saying that you know at that time I was in trouble.