Jose Mourinho was not a happy man after Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
After a tumultuous week off the pitch for Chelsea — two separate incidents of racism involving Chelsea fans has shocked the soccer world before and after their UEFA Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday — they succumbed to relegation haunted Burnley on Saturday and were lucky to escape the match with a point as they gave up ground in the title race.
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In his post-match presser, which you can watch the video of above, Mourinho was clearly agitated when asked to pinpoint some of the decisions which went against his team.
“I think there are four moments of the game where you can write the story of the game,” Mourinho said. “Minute 30. Minute 33. Minute 43. Minute 69. I repeat for you, to make it easy for you. Minute 30. Minute 33. Minute 43. Minute 69.
“Asked to describe the incidents which occurred in those moments, Mourinho said: “I don’t describe. To describe I have to use words that I cannot use. It is better we finish here.”
Mourinho then expressed his surprise that Chelsea did not lose to Burnley, who were second-best for most of the match until Nemanja Matic was sent off in the 69th minute.
The events leading up to that moment would have rattled Mourinho and you can see why. In the 30th minute Branislav Ivanovic was clattered into by Ashley Barnes with an aerial challenge that saw Barnes fling his leg into Ivanovic’s back. No yellow card. In the 33rd minute Ivanovic’s shot was clearly handled in the box by Michael Kighlty but referee Martin Atkinson waved away the calls.
In the 43rd minute Diego Costa went clean through on goal and was shoved to the floor by Jason Shackell but Atkinson waved away PK calls as Mourinho looked incensed. Then came the crowning moment as Barnes lunged into Nemanja Matic in the 69th minute with a horrible tackle. Matic responded by running up to Barnes and pushing him to the ground. Matic got a straight red card, Barnes didn’t even get a yellow… and Chelsea were reduced to 10-men and just about hung on for a point.
Mourinho’s men could have gone 10 points ahead of Manchester City at the top on Saturday, but now it’s only a five-point lead with 12 games to go.
Chelsea and Mourinho are often the butt of jokes as to how much they complain about officiating decisions, but the Portuguese boss has every right to be miffed as the referee’s decisions went against his side and have let Man City back into the title race. All in all, a miserable week for Chelsea Football Club on and off the field.