Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Mourinho still fuming over Blues' double red

Angry: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho watches his players in training ahead of facing Galatasary in the Champions League

Angry Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to seethe about events at Aston Villa on Saturday ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 second leg against Galatasaray.

Along with Willian and Ramires, Mourinho was sent off by referee Chris Foy during a feisty encounter which Chelsea lost 1-0 in a blow to their Barclays Premier League title chances.

Mourinho called for the Premier League to consider not appointing Foy for Chelsea matches in future but, asked if he had spoken to Ramires about the challenge on Karim El Ahmadi, the Portuguese said: "Don't you have other things to ask about that game more important than Ramires' tackle on minute 92?

"You think that in that game the most important thing was Ramires' tackle in minute 92?

"I don't want to answer, because I feel that what happened on minute 92 was a consequence of the other 92 minutes that we played before that.

"I'm sorry if I'm wrong or if you don't agree with me, but I think if you want to ask you should ask about what made that tackle happen. But that's just my opinion."

Mourinho declined to elaborate on the events in the previous 92 minutes of action at Villa Park.

Asked specifically what he was referring to, he said: "Everything that happened. I bring the game into disrepute. I cannot."

Earlier, Mourinho was asked if he expects a reaction from his players following the loss. The Portuguese answered a different question.

"We cannot have a reaction to Villa Park, because if we have reaction we bring the game into disrepute," he said. "We just close our mouth and we keep going."

Ramires and Willian are free to play in European competition, but left-back Ashley Cole (knee) missed training yesterday morning and is expected to miss out.

David Luiz was present after missing recent fixtures with a groin injury and could come into central midfield in place of Nemanja Matic, who is unavailable after playing for Benfica earlier in the tournament. Mohammed Salah is also ineligible, having played for Basle.

Mourinho was happy to discuss more freely the Galatasaray game, which sees Didier Drogba return to Stamford Bridge, where the striker spent eight years as a Blue, scoring 157 goals in 341 appearances including the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win.

"Undoubtedly, he's one of the most important players in the history of this club," Mourinho explained.

"All Chelsea supporters, we agree with that. We don't say the most important one because it's not fair on other people.

"Is he the same player at 36 than he was at 26? I think nobody is, but he's one of the best strikers in the world, that's for sure."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre