Ah. Jose Mourinho.
While he may not have admitted that at the press conference, to the one member of the media – pulling another quick media conference, after the Bristol City boss Jose Mourinho may be the next happiest person. Why? Because it leaves him free to concentrate on the things that matter. Such as:
- The Premier League race
- A top four position
- Champions League football
- Catching Man City
Jose Mourinho may not be under any illusions that the Premier League title is going to swing the other way to Manchester Red but believe me, he is going to go all out to make the gap respectable. This is what he meant when he said he would be on holiday if he were conceding the title. While the other football teams may be hearing the Manchester City fans chant “We beat you to the title” or words to that effect, United fans are going to be hearing “We beat you to the title by XX points.” The gap does matter. At least, in Manchester it does. And for the fickle football fan it may be a reason to switch sides from Red to Blue. So it does matter.
So it may be relief for Manchester United that they are out of the competition. Let City, Arsenal and Chelsea fight for that title. Maybe they may get a few injuries in the process, like Olivier Giroud and his hamstring injury last night. Jose Mourinho is probably thinking that any injuries picked up in the Carabao Cup may impact on the Premier League race, and that can only work to his advantage.
Does winning the Carabao Cup mean anything?
Well … you get to be the notable winner of a competition that:
Paired Charlton with two opponents, Exeter City and Cheltenham;
Messed up some first round draws and opponents;
Had problems with feeds;
Made you watch a pre-recorded video for a draw in one of the rounds;
Selected a match to kick off at 4:15am.
Yep, no one should win the Carabao Cup. It is a laughing stock of a trophy.
Mourinho would be delighted to let his adversaries squabble over it.