Former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has told Jose Mourinho to choose his words in the media more carefully, saying they “can sometimes be damaging” to players.
Mourinho has come in for intense scrutiny this season for comments made to the media, with punishments such as a one-game stadium ban and £50,000 fine seemingly not deterring the Portuguese from directing his ire towards officials or his own players.
Luis, who made 26 appearances in his solitary season at the club last year, admits Mourinho’s quotes can “sometimes be damaging to certain players”, but admits that “some” can benefit from the criticism.
“He has his way of talking to the press, especially when the team loses, which can sometimes be damaging to certain players,” Luis told Yahoo. “Some players benefit from criticism but for others they don’t.
“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s not. Sometimes people think what he says is absurd and sometimes they agree with him. It’s the way he is and the way he works – I see it as normal.”
Luis found game time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge, but still won the Premier League trophy and the Capital One Cup during his short stay there, which he looks back on fondly.
“I consider my time with Chelsea a personal triumph,” he said. “In one year I won two titles – one being the Premier League. I have a trophy at home that not many people have and in possibly the most competitive league in the world.”