MX23RW : Sunday, February 28 01:21:15| >> :120:9734:9734:

Tiago warns Thibaut Courtois of Jose Mourinho mind games

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago admits that he has told Thibaut Courtois and his teammates to avoid listening to the mind games of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has warned teammate Thibaut Courtois not to get caught up in any mind games played by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League clash.

Courtois comes up against his parent club in the semi-finals of the European competition, and the former Chelsea man is fully aware of all the tricks of Mourinho uses to try and get an advantage over his opponents.

Tiago is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail: "We all know Mourinho and we all know that if it is necessary to crank up the pressure before a game in order to win it then he will do that.

"Jose just wants to win, he knows Courtois is very important for us and he wants to weaken us. Any coach would. [But] it would have been very cruel for Courtois not to play this game.

"Football itself doesn't deserve for Courtois to miss out. For the good of football we all like the idea of having [Petr] Cech in one goal and Courtois in the other – two wonderful goalkeepers."

Chelsea take on Atletico at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in the first leg of their matchup on Tuesday.


Click here for more stories about Jose Mourinho

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Swansea in the Premier League match on April 13, 2014
Read Next:
Poll: Mourinho is "graceless and immature"
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Primeira Liga
Scottish League Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Danish Superliga
Segunda Division
Eerste Divisie
Copa do Brasil
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
J1 League
Women's Super League
Gallagher Premiership
1Manchester CityMan City26195252163662
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd25147453322149
3Leicester CityLeicester25154644271749
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
8Aston Villa24123938261239
9Tottenham HotspurSpurs24106837271036
10Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2697102733-634
13Crystal Palace2595112943-1432
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2638152055-3517
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2532201541-2611

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!