After becoming embroiled in a war of words with Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher recently, Jose Mourinho clearly isn’t short of a few enemies at the moment.
But the Chelsea manager seems to have acquired a surprising new foe in the form of Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen, who admitted that he “loathes” the Portuguese coach.
Mortensen – a Real Madrid fan – says that he still harbours feelings of animosity toward Mourinho for his turbulent spell in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.
And the 56-year-old American also revealed how delighted he was to see Paris Saint-Germain send the Blues crashing out of the Champions League last week.
In an interview with Grantland, Mortensen, who plays Aragorn in the hugely-successful Lord of the Rings franchise, put Mourinho to the sword in brutal fashion.
“Well, there’s a real character whom I loathe but find entertaining — José Mourinho, the coach of Chelsea. I like Real Madrid, and when Mourinho coached them, he basically destroyed the team psychologically. The damage he did to the fan base and the whole structure of the club will last for a while.
“He was playing a match two days ago in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain. It was the return match, and Chelsea had the advantage of an away goal in their first match, and it was unlikely that things were going to go well for Paris.
“Then partway through the first half, Paris unfairly had a player thrown out. So they were playing 10 against 11. Chelsea should have creamed them. But it ended up being an epic 120 minutes, with comeback after comeback, and even though Paris was playing with a numerical disadvantage, they kept playing really beautiful, pure football, and Chelsea was just playing not to lose.
“In the last minutes of regulation time, Paris tied it up, and in the last minutes of extra time, they tied it again. Since they had two away goals compared to the one away goal Chelsea had, Paris went through. It was great, dramatic. It was almost like watching a movie.”