Mourinho egg metaphor has papers scrambling for puns
Reporters line up to crack bad jokes after Chelsea boss compares his players to 'beautiful eggs'
JOSE MOURINHO'S latest foray into egg-related football metaphors ahead of Chelsea's Champions League clash with Basle tonight appears to have scrambled the brains of Britain's football writers, who have been lining up to crack bad puns in the wake of his comments.
The Chelsea boss, whose infamous rant about omelettes and the quality of eggs at Waitrose came exactly six years ago and heralded the end of his first reign at Stamford Bridge, revisited the theme as he prepared for his first European game since returning to London.
But this time Mourinho cast himself in the role of mother hen rather than exasperated chef as he bizarrely referred to his players as "beautiful young eggs".
Reclining in his seat with a broad grin on his face, he told the media: "They are eggs that need a mum or, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them.
"One day the moment will arrive when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level."
Unsurprisingly The Sun was quick to latch onto the joke. "Even by Mourinho's standards his colourful description of the latest clutch of emerging players under his wing took some beating," it explained. It added that by fielding a young team, with four players aged 22 or under, against Basle he was putting "all his eggs in one basket".
The fact he chose to bring eggs into the equation ahead of a European game comes as no surprise to the Daily Telegraph. "Europe's leading club competition has always brought him out of his shell, and he faced the world's media on Tuesday sunny-side-up," it groans.
Even The Guardian gets in on the act, pointing out that the last time Mourinho spoke about eggs it proved that his relationship with Roman Abramovich was "cracked beyond repair". This time round he is rather more positive, says the paper. ·