Jose Mourinho may not have gone into detail about his disgruntlement during yesterday’s post-match interview after watching his Chelsea side draw 1-1 with Premier League strugglers Burnley, but he more than let his frustrations be known during an interview today with Goals on Sunday.
The Portuguese coach, who sat alongside Chris Kamara and Ben Shephard, raged as he discussed the main talking points from yesterday’s match, which included Nemanja Matic being sent off for reacting badly to a terrible challenge from Ashley Barnes, as relayed by the Daily Mail.
The Special One also hit out at referee Martin Atkinson, comparing the official’s performance to that of a lawyer who had lost 15 cases in a row. Kamara and Shephard simply watched on, transfixed as the Chelsea boss revealed exactly what was on his mind, but all things considered there’s unlikely to be many fans who disagree with his points.
"You search for consistency in the right way. It's like a lawyer is consistent because he lost 15 out of 15 cases," Mourinho said.
"You don't want that lawyer. It's basically the same. Consistency but consistency in the right way."
Then, talking about the decision Atkinson made not to award the Blues a penalty when Michael Kightly appeared to handball in his own area, Mourinho continued: "His [Atkinson's] opinion is wrong because the arm stops the ball from hitting the target.
"There's no space for interpretation. It is a penalty or it is not a penalty. It's far away. He [Kightly] is not one metre. He's not a few inches. The ball hits the target if this is not a penalty. This is a penalty. You can say what you want."
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Result of decisions
The 52-year-old saw a lead slip after Matic’s sending off, which ultimately proved to be a turning point in the game. Up until that moment the Blues had led in cruise control courtesy of a Branislav Ivanovic first-half strike, and the general assumption is that they would have retained their seven point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table, had Matic stayed on the pitch.
Of course there’s to be little arguing that the Serbian didn’t deserve his red card. As bad as Barnes’ tackle was, Matic’s decision to leap up and bowl the Burnley man over left Atkinson with no choice, and Ivanovic was lucky he didn’t get into more trouble after trying to prevent the referee from showing his cards.