Liverpool v Manchester United – Anfield, Liverpool, Britain – December 16, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts [Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine]

Jose Mourinho was wildly off the mark with his facts about Didier Drogba while trying to defend his managerial record.

The Tottenham boss took offence to Paul Merson claiming the Portuguese isn’t getting the best out of Harry Kane.

Mourinho reacted to the question in typical Mourinho fashion, and listed a handful of world-class strikers he has got the best out of during his career in management: Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Diego Milito and Zlatana Ibrahimovic.

He said: “I can say, that I had a few strikers that played for me and they are not bad.

“I had one guy called [Didier] Drogba, he played for me for four seasons, he scored 186 goals, which gives an average of 46 goals per season.

“I had one guy that is not also bad, he plays for Juventus now [ Cristiano Ronaldo ]. He played for me for three seasons, he scored 168 goals, which gives an average of 56 goals per season.

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“I had another guy that is not also bad. His name is [Karim] Benzema.

“He played for me three seasons, he was not always starting because he was quite young at the time, he scored 78 goals in three seasons, which gives a 26-goal average per season.

“I had another called [Diego] Milito, he played one season, he scored 30 goals, won three titles. Of course the average is 30.

“I had another guy, he played for one and a half seasons, in the other half he had a big injury. A tall guy called Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. He scored 58 goals, which gives a 29 average per season.

“So dear Paul, I have lots of respect for you. I think Harry Kane has no problem at all to score goals in my teams, especially when he’s fit and fresh and has routines of playing. That’s my message to somebody I have lots of respect for.”

The long rant suggested Mourinho had prepared his answer in advance.

But it seems he didn’t do his homework on Drogba, as the Chelsea legend actually scored 73 goals under him – not 186, as stated by Mourinho. Oops.


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