Jose Mourinho threatened to play Chelsea kitman ahead of Ricardo Carvalho

Former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is well known for his razor sharp eviscerations, whether it is to his own players in the dressing room, on the touchline, or in the press conferences.

But while an endless list of his best ever responses would likely fill a whole book, his very best takedown could be the time he threatened to play 50-year-old ‘Mick the Kitman’ ahead of Ricardo Carvalho during his first spell at Chelsea. John Terry’s rock solid partnership with the Portuguese defender inspired the Blues to back-to-back Premier League titles in Mourinho’s first reign at the club.

However, Mourinho’s propensity for drama, and at times comedy, can best be encapsulated by his “brilliant” verbal assassination of Carvalho. And ex-Chelsea ace Jose Cole offered a priceless behind the scenes view of Mourinho’s ruthless dressing down of the former Real Madrid and Porto defender.

“Jose was the best at putting a player down in a brilliant way,” Cole said to ‘That Peter Crouch podcast’. “Ricky Carvalho, he was obviously a great player.

“He had a row with Jose about something after the game – he didn’t play. After the game, Jose’s gone ‘you will never play again for me, you will never play’.

“John Terry number one, Gallas number two, Robert Huth three, young kid number four’ and then he went ‘kit man, Mick, I play Mick ahead of you.

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“Mick was this 50-year-old with a big belly on him like that!” Carvalho did play for Mourinho again, but Mick the kitman, sadly, did not get a run out under Mourinho’s relentless Blues.

In fact, Carvalho not only returned to his starting berth alongside Terry, he also went on to win another Premier League title and two FA Cups under Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink.

Carvalho and Mourinho even went on to reunite at Real Madrid when the Special One replaced Manuel Pellegrini in 2010.

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