By Basil K. Mbuye
Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o mimicked old age after scoring the opener in the English Premier League Saturday’s demolition of Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
This has been interpreted as the striker’s reponse to comments Mourinho made a few weeks ago about his age that was broadcasted by French television channel, Canal +.
After putting Chelsea ahead in the 56th minute, Eto’o raced to the corner flag but abruptly slowed down, putting his left hand on his back and stooping to mimic old age.
The celebration met with a flurry of approval on Twitter. One picture garnered more than 1,000 retweets on the micro-blogging site before the game had even ended.
The interesting point about the result was that, Eto’o who inspired it was not in line-up and was suppose to warm the reserve bench.
Fernando Torres was all set to start the game – but pulled out of the game with a groin strain picked up in the pre-match warm up.
He scored the opener, earned a red-card and penalty for the second and pulled off perhaps the best celebration of the season.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho admitted Eto’o’s goal celebrations were a perfect reply to the controversy surrounding his recent comments about the striker’s age.
“I told him before the game, ‘you are going to score for sure’ because he was supposed to be on the bench.
Fernando was supposed to start the game. A couple of minutes before the game, he was not able to play and I thought ‘this is your destiny’. I didn’t suggest it [the celebration], but I knew it [was coming].
The best way to defuse a situation is to make fun. Some newspapers did great with photoshop. Now they don’t need photoshop, they have the real thing.” Said Mourinho.
It should be noted that Eto’o will turn 33 on Monday, March 10.