Mourinho bites tongue over Courtois red card

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LONDON: Jose Mourinho delivered a clear sign he was fuming about the decision that cost Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a red card and handed Swansea the chance to secure a 2-2 draw from the penalty spot on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

The Blues manager refused to comment on the incident that saw Courtois challenge Bafetimbi Gomis on the edge of his penalty area in the 52nd minute at Stamford Bridge.

The striker went to ground, prompting referee Michael Oliver to send off Courtois and point to the spot after the foul was committed inside the area and had denied a goalscoring opportunity.

Gomis converted the penalty that allowed Swansea to equalise for the second time and ultimately denied Chelsea the opportunity to kick-start their defence of their Premier League title with a victory.


Mourinho remonstrated angrily when the decision was made, but after the game his silence spoke volumes as the manager made it clear he was reluctant to go public with his feelings about the incident.

Asked about the decision, the manager said: “First game of the season, I don’t want to start in the first game”

Mourinho confirmed he had seen a replay of the incident and insisted he attached no blame to Courtois.

The manager has repeatedly fallen foul of the FA after publicly criticising match officials.

Earlier this year he was fined £25,000 (35,328 euros; $38,741) for comments he made following his side’s visit to Southampton when he complained of a “campaign” to influence decisions against his team.

Mourinho’s unwillingness to discuss Oliver’s performance suggested he might have started the new season with a resolution to keep his opinions about refereeing decisions to himself.

But the Portuguese denied this and said: “No, it is just because the first time I can control myself.

“I want to react this way so you don’t see he was (complaining) from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.”

Chelsea’s failure to see out a game they had twice led inevitably throws focus on the development of the squad since last May when they won the title by eight points.

Oscar put them ahead in the 23rd minute and an own-goal by Swansea defender Federico Fernandez restored the lead after Andre Ayew had equalised for the visitors.

AFP

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  1. Infact chelsea defence is not good atall.especially the 2 and 3.and also number 8 and the striking position is very bad.pls mourinho sign some good players to replace