Mourinho is the best guy to be around if his team register a comfortable victory, but if anything else happens he is the last man you have got to be with. After Burnley secured an unlikely point at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Jose Mourinho went back to his usual-self by pointing fingers at everyone apart from his own players.
After numerous FA punishments and warnings, Mourinho has outsmarted the FA panel this time by coming out with a new approach by naming the minutes of the incidents which he felt went against Chelsea.
He was particularly unhappy about the incidents happened during four moments of the match. “There are four moments where you can write the story of the game – minutes 30, 33, 43 and 69. Don’t ask me more questions, please,” said Mourinho after the game.
In the minute 30, Mourinho referred to a bad challenge by Burnley’s Ashley Barnes on Branislav Ivanovic. However, he was not punished for that incident by referee Martin Atkinson. Whereas on the 33rd minute, referee turned down a strong Chelsea penalty appeal for handball on Michael Kightly in the box.
The first two may be legitimate, however the incident on 43rd minute was a bit over ambitious by Mourinho. Diego Costa fell to the floor after Jason Shackell barged over him on the 43rd minute in the box. It might have been too soft if the referee had given it.
However, the biggest of the lot was the one which took place on 69th minute. Nemnja Matic was shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson for pushing over Ashley Barnes after the Burnley attacker committed a nasty one-footed lunge on Matic.
Mourinho however feels that if the referee had did his job on 30th minute, the incident would not have taken place in the 69. “Minute 69 [the sending off] has a big relation with minute 30 [a tackle on Ivanovic from Barnes]. This is the story of the game. There is no minute 69 if the man in charge does his job in minute 30” he said.
Referring to his comments few months ago that there was a “campaign” against Chelsea this season, he told reporters: “I am happy that I am not stupid. I understood everything a couple of months ago. Have I seen a run of decisions like this? I don’t remember. I’m happy that I’m not stupid and I understood everything a couple of months ago. I’m not in the mood to laugh.”
“If this story that started a couple of months ago finished today with 12 matches to play with an advantage of five points, I’d tell you we will be champions. But I don’t know if the story ends here, or if there is more waiting for us.”
Mourinho was also pessimistic at Chelsea’s chances of getting Matic’s suspension overturned. “Have you ever seen Chelsea win an appeal?” he said. “I don’t remember,” he said. If the decision stays on, then Matic is expected to be out for three games including next week’s League Cup final with Tottenham.
Previously Chelsea had taken the lead through Branislav Ivanovic in the first half but were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against their relegation-threatened opponents thanks to Ben Mee’s header inside the last 10 minutes.
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