Porto Coach Julen Lopetegui isn’t bothered by Jose Mourinho’s past praise for referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
Mateu Lahoz will be in charge of the Champions League game between Lopetegui’s men and Mourinho’s Chelsea, Marca pointing out that Mourinho’s Real Madrid won 11 of the 13 games Mateu Lahoz oversaw.
“Mateu Lahoz is a great referee and he can be friends with whoever he wants. He’s a great professional. If [Mourinho and Mateu Lahoz] are friends, we’re not interested,” the Spanish trainer said.
“I have great respect for what Mourinho has achieved but our objective is to win.”
Lopetegui also refused to be drawn into questions regarding Mourinho’s relationship with goalkeeper Iker Casillas, which was particularly frosty in their time together at Madrid.
“That’s for the Press,” he replied when the subject was broached.