Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has hit back at critics over his tactics in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
A handful of pundits, including former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen, questioned the open style with which the Blues attempted to attack the Red Devils at Old Trafford.
Whilst not naming the Match of the Day pundit, Villas-Boas was clearly referencing an article from Hansen in the Daily Telegraph when admitting his surprise at being called into question.
“I am surprised that people criticised us (Chelsea) for being naive and stupid because what we did was we defended the essence of British football,” said the Stamford Bridge chief.
“I find it strange that people related to football doen't know more or less where to position themselves regarding what is best for football and what is best for fans, because fans are the most important part of our game.”
“It was entertaining game for the world. It was a pity we didn't come away with the three points, but I think we were superior during the 90 minutes. I think we surprised everybody.
“It was a negative result for Chelsea but I have to say we were the best team. Not the most efficient team, I would have to agree, but we were the team that had the initiative in the game.”
The Chelsea boss was speaking ahead of their weekend clash against Swansea City, when former youth and reserve team manager Brendan Rodgers brings his Welsh side to the capital.
Liverpool, meanwhile, host Wolves at Anfield in another of the six 3pm kick-offs on Saturday.
Kenny Dalglish will be hoping his side can build on the midweek 2-1 League Cup win against Brighton & Hove Albion, although Liverpool will need to improve on their last Barclays Premier League performance - a 4-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.