Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took the diplomatic option when responding to questions over John Terry's red card against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
The former England captain has been under intense scrutiny after 'the Special One' replaced him with Kurt Zouma at half-time during the emphatic 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Rondon shirt pull
Things went from bad to worse for Terry in the second-half at the Hawthorns, seeing red for a pull back on Salomon Rondon outside the box as the Baggies striker raced towards goal.
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Asked directly about the decision, Mourinho opted to focus on 'us' rather than speaking about an individual, highlighting that work on the training ground in a 10-v-11 situation is the key to getting a good result in such circumstances. The Blues were 3-1 up at the time and held on to win 3-2 against Tony Pulis' side.
“I prefer to focus on us. To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game - some you can see, others we can see, so many things,” said Mourinho post-match, according to the official Chelsea website.
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“I have to do what is in my hands which is to train. We have to train 10 against 11. We have done it a couple of times already in Canada. We have to do it more because we have to know what to do with 10 men when you are winning, or losing, or chasing a result.
“The difference between today and Swansea was exactly that. Against Swansea we had 10 and we wanted to change the result, and today we had 10 and we wanted to keep the result. We must have clear ideas about it so it’s something we have to do in training, and that is the only thing in our hands.”
Against the Swans, Thibaut Courtois was dismissed and Chelsea went on to draw 2-2 against Gary Monk's side at Stamford Bridge.
This time around, Mourinho's men held on for victory despite a second goal from James Morrison making things interesting. For the record, new signing Pedro, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta were all on target for the visitors.
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