London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied that he is affected by 'third season syndrome' and slammed a BBC reporter during a press conference by saying that the latter should 'Google answers and not ask stupid questions'.
The English Premier League (EPL) champions are 17th in the table after losing three of their opening five games of the season.
Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gives a press conference at Chelsea's training ground, in Stoke D'Abernon, near London. Pic/AFP
When Mourinho was asked if he still has the qualities of a great manager, he replied, "Look, my third season, in Porto, I didn't have a third season. My third season in Inter Milan, I didn't have a third season. My third season at Chelsea the first time, I won the FA Cup and the Carling Cup, and I played the Champions League semi-finals."
"My third season in Real Madrid, I won the Super Cup, I lost the cup (Copa del Rey) final, and I went to the Champions League semi-finals. These are my third seasons,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC on Tuesday.
"So click Google, instead of making stupid questions, click Google and try to find. You spoke about the third season, and I am telling you that the question is stupid, because the third season is what I told you."
"I know the point, the point is that the question is stupid. I am sorry," he added.
The 52-year-old also rebuffed a suggestion from one journalist that his new short and spiky haircut was a response to the turmoil at Chelsea.
Asked if there was any correlation between his haircut and his mood, he replied: "My haircut isn't as radical as it has been. I am fine, I promise you."
Pressed further on whether the stress of Chelsea's poor run had caused his hair to fall out, Mourinho smiled and shook his head.