Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of Marco Ianni and rejected calls for the Chelsea assistant coach to be sacked.
Mourinho and Ianni clashed towards the end of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw at the weekend, when the Chelsea assistant coach goaded him, sparking an ugly melee.
Phil Neville called for Ianni to be sacked, but Mourinho said for him the matter was closed and called for the Chelsea coach to be left alone after apologising for his actions.
Mourinho refused to answer a question about Paul Pogba’s form, ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie against his former club Juventus , and took the chance to air his feelings on the fall-out from the episode with Ianni.
"I don’t like this press conference," said Mourinho. "I don’t want to speak about Pogba, I don’t want to speak about individuals,
"I don’t want to speak to the Spanish journalists because they are only interested in Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo .
"I am going to play against one of the biggest clubs in the world, one of the biggest candidates of winning the competition, that’s what motivates me, that’s what bring me here, and I think the press conference is going in other directions, so if it’s going in other directions I also want to go in another direction.
"No, no, I’m serious. I want to thank Sarri for his honesty, I want to thank Chelsea for its honesty, too. But I’m not happy that is going too far with the young boy, I don’t think he deserves more than what he got, he apologised to me, I accept his apologies, I think he deserves a second chance.
"I don’t think he deserves or to be sacked , than the fact his club was strong with him and he went through a situation he recognises he was wrong.
"So I hope everybody does the same as I did which is not to disturb a career of a young guy which is probably a great guy, is probably a coach of great potential and I’m not happy with it more than that. Is end of story, with me, in the minutes he apologised to me.
"But I would really like the boy not to go through more than that. Let him work, everybody makes mistakes, I made mistakes, I hope they let the kid go."
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