Rodgers Mourinho Feud To Get Worse? The two managers used to be good friends but relations have deteriorated in recent times writes football betting tips site FC Bodog.
Brendan Rodgers worked as Jose Mourinho’s assistant during the Portuguese manager’s first spell at Stamford Bridge and naturally developed a healthy respect for one another.
But with a place at Wembley at stake for the winner of the League Cup semi between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge Rodgers has confessed that the two managers are not as close as they once were.
Mourinho is a master of mind games and turned the pressure of on his old colleague by stoking up the handling of Steven Gerrard’s impending departure from Liverpool. The Chelsea boss expressed his regret that one of Liverpool’s greatest every players and servants was being allowed to leave.
“I’m not happy he (Gerrard) leaves, I would love the Premier League to keep hold of the best players,” said Mourinho in the lead up to the first leg at Anfield that finished 1-1.
That’s a view shared by many Liverpool supporters who are still coming to terms with the fact that Gerrard, who first joined the club as a 13-year-old, will be playing for LA Galaxy next season.
Rodgers knows that those comments have prompted a number of fans, and possibly club executives, to question his decision-making. Mourinho even joked that he would try and get Gerrard on loan next season, although that quip was aimed at Manchester City’s disgraceful manipulation of the Frank Lampard/New York City deal.
Liverpool are chalked up at a best price of 6.00 odds to win at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea can be backed at 1.62 to win the game in 90 minutes.
Rodgers cut a confident figure in the game’s pre-match press conference and avoided any questions about his relationship with Mourinho. “I always say it is about the teams on the field but knowing him, and how Jose works and how competitive he is, I really enjoy the challenge
“The game last week was fantastic, it was a top-level game. We were at a really good level. Jose’s record speaks for itself. He is a world-class manager and will always have that competitive edge. Your teams have to be at the maximum to get a result.
“We respect the opponent but we have got nothing to fear in the game. We are a team that is in a good moment. We are playing well, working well. We know we can go there and win.”