Jose Mourinho launched a campaign on Sky Sports this weekend to try and highlight what he believes are consistent refereeing injustices towards Chelsea, but one of his players is not interested in looking at officials and is concentrating on closer to home.
After the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Filipe Luis refused to join in with his manager and lay into the performance of referee Martin Atkinson. The Brazil international said the Blues had to look at themselves, not the man in black.
"I don’t believe in luck and I don’t want to talk about the referee," the former Atletico Madrid defender was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
"We had chances to win the game, we played a lot better than them and created a lot of chances. We have to improve and play better in every game."
Mourinho's appearance on 'Goals on Sunday' was an astonishing spectacle, as he laid bare all his grievances regarding what he perceived to be Chelsea disproportionately on the end of bad decisions and Sky Sports' demonising of Diego Costa.
He was especially incensed by the red card given to Nemanja Matic after he reacted aggressively to a very poor challenge from Ashley Barnes. The Burnley midfielder was late going for the ball and made contact half way up the Serb's shin.
"Matic was right to be angry about what was truly terrible challenge that could have broken his leg, but the idea that he did not deserve to be sent off is laughable"
It looked very bad in the replays and, after initially going down, a furious Matic charged towards Barnes and pushed him to the ground. Chelsea were leading 1-0 at that point, but the ten men couldn't hold out and Ben Mee headed in a late equaliser.
Mourinho labelled the tackle "criminal" while on the show and felt that Matic was justified in his anger. The Blues are reportedly set to appeal the red card, as the three-match ban he the 26-year-old now has will see him miss the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham next weekend.
Appeal is Ridiculous
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss is correct that Matic was right to be angry about what was truly terrible challenge that could have broken his leg, but the idea that he did not deserve to be sent off is laughable.
Whether Barnes' tackle was the worst ever made or not, players can only be responsible for their own actions. Just because he felt the shock of the possibility of serious injury does not mean his reaction to it was not stupid.
Mourinho Must Face Facts
Getting up, charging at an opponent and pushing him to the floor is about as clear a red card as you're going to get in the Premier League. It's true that Barnes not being sent off was a mistake by the referee, but there is little that can be done.
Atkinson obviously didn't see the incident clearly, because if he had he would definitely have pulled out the red card. He can only give what he sees, however incompetent he may be.