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Filipe Luis has shed some light on his time at Chelsea, revealing that he felt José Mourinho “ betrayed ” him during his brief stint at Stamford Bridge.
Luis, now back in his native Brazil, where he stars for Flamengo, will see his two former teams meet in the Champions League on Tuesday night, when Atlético de Madrid host Chelsea in Budapest.
The left-back is best known for his time at Atleti, where he played two Champions League finals throughout his two spells with Diego Simeone. But right in the middle of his athletic career came a season at Chelsea, where he failed to win the favor of then-coach Mourinho.
The Blues won the Premier League and the League Cup during Luis’ only season in England, but Luis made just 15 league appearances, with Mourinho often selecting César Azpilcueta as a left-back ahead of him.
And while the 35-year-old now knows that Mourinho’s choices were vindicated, he openly admits that he harbored a bit of bad blood towards the Portuguese manager.
Said in an interview with The mail: “When I was on the bench for the first game of the season, I knocked on the door of Mourinho’s office and said: ‘Why did you bring me here? Why did you leave me at Atlético?
“He said he didn’t feel as safe defensively with me on the team as he did with Azpilicueta. Said I had to earn my place. I couldn’t expect my name to be the first choice.
“He was right. He was not playing well. But I also think you have to be on the field to improve. I never regretted the move because I was in one of the biggest clubs in the world, but everyone wants to play.
“At that moment I felt betrayed for lack of a better word. He did not want to work for Mourinho another year. But it wasn’t his fault. We won the final and I have the medal at home. ”
However, Luis had no doubt who he will support on Tuesday.
“I am supporting Atlético,” he said. “It is still my dream to see them win the Champions League.”