Jose Mourinho’s inside information on shocking state of Stoke’s dressing room has been revealed ahead of Wednesday’s cup meeting.
The Premier League outfit are to visit the bet365 Stadium in the Carabao Cup, but the Spurs boss was left stunned after seeing a video sent to him of where players have been getting changed.
It comes after disgusted Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock recently slammed the temporary Portakabin facilities for away sides, calling them a ‘pigsty’.
Stoke finally managed to improve the stadium facilities ahead of Blackburn Rovers’ visit on Saturday afternoon.
Remember when Neil Warnock wasn’t happy with Stoke’s changing rooms a few weeks ago?
— The Second Tier (@secondtierpod) December 22, 2020
So Tottenham’s stars will avoid the cramped conditions with blocked toilets.
Due to Covid restrictions, teams are not able to use the stadium’s normal away dressing room.
However Mourinho has revealed he had already been warned about the temporary rooms being used by visiting sides.
This included players having to shower in one Portakabin and then having to go outside to reach another to change.
Mourinho said: “Yes, I have a video of it. A video made from a colleague that works for another team that recently played against them.
“It should be a question for the authorities, all the authorities… football authority, safety authorities. But not for me.
“I am not going to be the bad guy that is going to make comments about Stoke’s away dressing room.”
A few weeks back, Middlesbrough lost 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium due to a first-half header from Nathan Collins, but it was the hospitality offered by the hosts that pushed Warnock over the edge.
The 72 year old was left furious with the Potters at half time according to reports, describing the conditions of Middlesbrough’s portacabin dressing rooms as a ‘disgrace’.
He said: “It’s nice to get in here [the press room] where it’s quite warm. Those changing rooms were a pigsty. In fact, pigs would have seen it and run away.
“They stuck us in a little portacabin. Now you can’t tell me with social distancing we wouldn’t have been better off in the dressing room.
“We give them everything at Middlesbrough – heat, lovely room, and we’re in a pigsty around the corner here.
“The toilets don’t work, they’re blocked. We had fumes coming in before the game and we had to get the maintenance guy in. Why didn’t they look at that before we arrived?
“The showers were leaking, water everywhere on the floor. It’s an absolute disgrace.
“I didn’t say anything to the players before the game because you don’t want to make excuses, but it was an absolute disgrace today that.
“There’s no way we’re giving them a dressing room when they come up our place. If our chairman won’t, I’ll pay for a portacabin!”
What action Middlesbrough take remains to be seen but Warnock had revealed they’d taken pictures as evidence.
However, what he didn’t want to do was use it as an excuse for his side’s defeat.
He continued: “You can’t blame it. I haven’t said anything to the players because I’m not about making excuses for the result.
“You just shouldn’t be made to change in a place like that. My dressing room was another portacabin 20 yards further down the road, water all over the floor and bloody freezing.
“We’ve taken pictures. It’s out of order. I know there’s a pandemic, but when you look at the facilities we give teams at Middlesbrough, I’m sure Stoke City from the Premier League can be better than that.”
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill responded to Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock’s ‘disgraceful pigsty’ portacabin dressing room jibe.
Asked if the dressing rooms were as bad as Warnock claimed, O’Neill said: “Not that I’m aware of, but, I found it a bit of a strange comment.
“Neil didn’t mention anything to me before or after the game.
“His comments in the wake of a defeat are basically down to himself.
“Our focus is now on Cardiff. That’s where our focus lies.”
Fans reacted after hearing Jose Mourinho’s inside information on the shocking state of Stoke’s dressing room…
— Low-Block Counter Est Facere (@bankruptspurs) December 22, 2020
Bet he will love the facilities at Marine
— James (@Jamesbcafc99) December 22, 2020
Neil warnock crying on phone to you I guess pal .
— Ben 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️ (@ben_hannon3) December 22, 2020
Lol he was asked the question, he refused to answer as it’s the authorities who should decide these matters and everyone starts saying Jose is moaning😂 He can’t win can he.
— Rooster (@thfcrooster) December 22, 2020
— George (@StokeyyG2) December 22, 2020
Are you being deliberately stupid? He was asked the question at the pre match press conference.
— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) December 22, 2020
He really is a W⚓️
— Adrian Crowe (@croweade) December 22, 2020
— Danny Beardmore (@DannyGuitar91) December 22, 2020
He deserves a lot of stick for his playing style and antics at times but this story is disingenuous and is a proper stitch up. He has done nothing to warrant the innuendo here and has no reason to defend his comment
— Holps (@Holpsx) December 22, 2020