After first saying he “didn’t want to be punished” for his comments, a very perturbed Jose Mourinho finally relented and gave a blistering reaction to referee Phil Dowd’s performance in Chelsea’s 5-3 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Friday.
Mourinho said Dowd was “too slow and like 40 yards away” from a perceived foul on Eden Hazard, and that the referee was lucky that Hazard was honest.
It was a bit of straw-grasping from Mourinho, as he admitted that Hazard admitted there was no foul and Dowd got the call right. When pressed by the BT Sport interviewer, Mourinho let fly with more “conspiracy talk.”
Mourinho: “Every game is unpredictable but there are things in the game that are becoming predictable.”
Interviewer: “Which are?”
Mourinho: “Forget it.”
(Question about being perturbed)
“Of course I hate to lose but again I prefer to lose like I did against Newcastle with a clean performance by Atkinson and an unlucky performance by us and a lucky performance by Newcastle. We had important Christmas gifts in the last two matches, the gifts that people who are in love with football don’t like.”
The referees aren’t the reason that Chelsea lost to Spurs, and Mourinho played as if he didn’t want to talk about the officiating yet was more than willing to spill his vitriol toward the microphones. The Blues trailed Tottenham 4-1 and 5-2 today, and that doesn’t have much to do with Phil Dowd’s fitness.
The title fight is on!