Courtois was sent off by referee Michael Oliver after tripping Bafetimbi Gomis on the edge of the penalty area, and many contended that Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was close enough to Gomis that Courtois should not have been sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
Manager Jose Mourinho refused to discuss the incident after the match, saying, “I don’t want to speak about it.” When pressed on the issue, he only said his team played well a man down. “The team that tries to win has one player less, the team that is happy with the result has one player more. But they never forget to try the chance to score and to win the game.”
He also said he would not try to speak to Michael Oliver for an explaination. “For what? No. An explaination for what? The game is over, I have nothing to speak.”
Should the red card stand, Asmir Begovic, who was signed over the summer from Stoke and who replaced Courtois after the sending off, would likely start in goal next Sunday against Manchester City.