After Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Everton on Wednesday, Blues boss Jose Mourinho lauded the referees and Everton alike.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez was happy with neither.
[ MATCH RECAP: Chelsea 1-0 Everton ]
Whereas Mourinho hailed hard-fouling Everton and Jonathan Moss for his red card to Gareth Barry, Martinez though Chelsea’s players reacted very poorly in trying to pressure Moss into said ejection.
In other words, it was Stamford Bridge that helped undo Everton.
From the BBC:
“Every time a player loses a challenge it feels like the weight of the world is on the referee’s shoulders and he feels he needs to react. To give Gareth Barry a second yellow card because of the reaction from Chelsea’s players is disappointing. They surrounded the referee and their conduct was a real shame. It created a little bit of belief for Chelsea and the goal came as a consequence of that. It was a very scrappy goal – if you don’t have the momentum often they don’t end up in the net.”
Martinez felt Everton was in control of the game if not for the heroics of Petr Cech between the sticks. The Toffees certainly had their chances, and going down to 10 men didn’t help.
Surely Mourinho is smiling at an opposing manager giving the referee a hiding of Special One-level intensity.