Jose Mourinho says he is improving as a manager all the time, but still struggles to contain himself when talking to the media.
The Portuguese man has led his team to the top of the Premier League and with just over a month to go until the end of the season, the Blues have a seven point lead over second place Arsenal with a game in hand. Despite that, as well as a notable decrease in aggravation with the footballing authorities compared to his last spell at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has had a number of run-ins with the FA including a lengthy complaint over his team’s treatment after a 1-1 draw away at Southampton.
The comments, which accused the establishment of staging a ‘campaign’ against Chelsea after a number of poor referring decisions which had adverse effect on the team’s form, led to £25,000 fine. Last season he was fined three times for similar reasons, raising concerns that he was slipping back into the bad habits that saw the working relationship with the club’s hierarchy decline so rapidly after 2006, and what led to him leaving Real Madrid in 2013 on such acrimonious terms.
Mourinho concedes that sometimes his honesty with the media can be to his and his team’s detriment.
“I think I have a problem, which is I’m getting better at everything related to my job since I started,'”he told the Daily Telegraph.
“There has been evolution in many different areas – the way I read the game; the way I prepare the game; the way I train; the methodology… I feel better and better.
“But there is one point where I cannot change: when I face the media, I am never a hypocrite.”