Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho lashed out at Chelsea’s physio Eva Carneiro after his side’s controversial 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Stamford Bridge on the day one of the 2015-16 Premier League. Chelsea were reduced to 10 men and were being held to a 2-2 draw at home when Eva went on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, who was down with a knock in the dying moments of the game. Jose insisted that the members in the bench be it a kit-man or a doctor or a secretary should be aware of the match.
He said: “I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naïve. Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game. You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired.”
He also added that he was happy with the team’s performances and not with the result and insisted on saying the red card to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was the turning point of the match. He went on to say that his team were better on the first half and in the second half, the momentum was reduced and tried hard to force a result.
“In the first half the result was short, I think we played very well. The team was confident and you could see that. From the moment they equalised until the end of the first half we played with lots of confidence, moving the ball very well, so I’m very happy with what we did in the first half. With the penalty, red card, one player less, 2-2 obviously it changes everything. If you have one player less but you are happy with the result, you have a certain approach and normally you can hide the fact you have one player less. When you have one player less and you want to try to win it’s different; you expose yourself more, the attacking players arrive at a moment where they are so tired they cannot keep the lines compact and it’s difficult to press. It changes a lot. The good thing for me was that it was a very good first half and in the second half we fought to get a result.”
On the result, Mourinho spoke about his incredible record at Stamford Bridge and added that a draw at home is only good in special circumstances. He was quoted “I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible. I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose. But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions, so a draw against Manchester United was a good result. Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point. Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result. I didn’t win my first matches when I won the treble with FC Porto and Inter Milan.”
And when asked about the red cards, Mourinho refused to comment on it since it is the day one of the Premier League.
He said “I do not want to speak about red cards. I want to react this way so you don’t say. ‘He was complaining from day one’. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.”