After a poor pre-season and Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at home to Swansea City opening the campaign at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho’s distraction tactics are in full flow.
Of course very few would have thought that his medical team would face his wrath for such a flimsy reason.
Chelsea were pretty comfortable in the first half at the weekend, with Oscar in particular looking very bright, opening the scoring himself. The red card to Thibaut Courtois Courtois, ten minutes into the second period, changed the game.
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Swansea deserved more
By the end Swansea were more than deserving of their point and you could suggest that they were unlucky to only come away with a draw.
With a higher percentage of successful shots (and on target efforts), passes, tackling and aerial duels won and a goal ruled offside, the Swans might feel aggrieved at not having returned to Wales having bested the reigning champions.
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But Mourinho made no mention of the game that Swansea played, or the fact that Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were flat and timid, or that John Terry had a particularly bad game, picking up a yellow card and giving a way numerous fouls.
Instead, after the game, refusing to comment on the red card, he mentioned his tremendous home record and that he always goes for the win.
"I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible. I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose," he told reporters post-match.
Then he alluded to the idea that his medical team let him down and may have prevented a victory.
"My medical department were impulsive and naive to leave me with eight outfield players. In a counter attack we were worried as we had two players less."
I’m not for one minute saying Chelsea were terrible or deserved to lose at all. But any deficiency in the Blues' play is glossed over by the media and deflected by Mourinho.
More column inches will now be dedicated to why the Special One failed to answer the question about whether it was a red card or not (Chelsea's appeal has since been rejected) and the above quotes rather than to why defensively Branislav Ivanovic looked slow or why Fabregas sat so deep and was ineffective.
Chelsea didn’t win a game throughout their six game pre-season, the Community Shield included, and have now lost Courtois for the away trip to Manchester City this Sunday.
Anything but three points, and it will be the longest a Mourinho Chelsea side has gone without victory. But will anyone notice? For if a win doesn’t arrive, Mourinho will have an excuse to take us away from the issue that Chelsea will have started slowly and haven’t really played well all summer. The mind-games have already started.
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