Samuel Eto’o showed he bears no hard feelings to Jose Mourinho over the Chelsea’s boss’s jibes about his age with a goal celebration mocking his OAP status.
Mourinho was caught on camera recently suggesting Eto’o was 35 rather than his stated age of 32, but the Cameroon striker looked like a teenager as he raced on to Jan Vertonghen’s disastrous back-pass to put Chelsea ahead against Spurs in the 56th minute of their 4-0 win on Sunday.
And his goal celebration — walking like a hunched old man to lean on a corner flag, feeling his back — brought a smile to his team-mates and Mourinho.
‘I didn’t suggest the celebration but I knew about it,’ laughed the manager afterwards.
‘We thought it was good because the best way to defuse the situation is to make fun of it.’
Eto’o celebrates his 33rd birthday on Monday but Mourinho will not be joining in. ‘The players are not training on Sunday and Monday so I suppose Samuel will celebrate with his family,’ he said.