Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confronted a shocked Crystal Palace ball boy in the closing stages of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park.
The Portuguese coach appeared to tell the boy off for time wasting, before putting his arm around him moments later - but only after the home crowd had given the Blues’ boss a piece of their mind.
Mourinho watched on as his side slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat against the Eagles - a second-half own goal by captain John Terry securing all three points for Tony Pulis’s side.
Although Chelsea are still at the top of the table - at the time of writing - Mourinho believes his side have left themselves with too much to do in the title race.
“We depend too much on other results,” he told reporters after the final whistle. “When you depend a little it's possible, when you depend a lot, I don't think it's possible.
“We depend now too much. I don't think now we can win the league.”
Despite Mourinho’s altercation with the ball boy, Pulis praised his opposite number for coming into the Crystal Palace dressing room and praising his players on securing the victory after the full-time whistle.
This is not the first time that a Chelsea employee has been involved in an incident with a ball boy. Back in Janaury 2013, Hazard was widely criticised after kicking a Swansea City ball boy a Carling Cup semi-final match at the Liberty Stadium.
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