Mourinho defends Bridge pitch

Jose Mourinho has offered Barcelona the use of Chelsea’s training pitches if they don’t like the surface at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona are expected in London today ahead of Wednesday’s European showdown with the Premiership champions.

The Catalans have been grumbling about the state of Chelsea’s pitch and fear it could hinder their flowing football.

But the Blues boss invited them to give up their option of training at Stamford Bridge on the day before the game and use Chelsea’s training base in Surrey instead.

Mourinho said: “If Barcelona want to train at our training centre on Tuesday to give us more time to work on the pitch, the offer is there. The training the day before a game is nothing. It’s just to get used to the ball.

“If they want to train at our training centre we’d be very pleased for them to go there.”

The Stamford Bridge pitch took a battering from heavy rain yesterday, as Chelsea beat Colchester in the FA Cup, but Mourinho insisted the surface was not as bad as it looked.

He said: “Sometimes you see beautiful people with no brains. Sometimes you have ugly people who are intelligent, like scientists.

“Our pitch is a bit like that. From the top it’s a disgrace but the ball rolls at normal speed.”

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