Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has fired an obvious but disguised criticism at referee Mike Dean and his officials after his team’s defeat to bottom club Sunderland last night, according to Sky Sports News.
"I just want to say four things and I'm sorry because if you ask me more questions, I'll repeat exactly the same thing,” said Mourinho in his post-match interview with Sky Sports. “Congratulations to my players because they gave what they have and what they don't have.
“Congratulations to Sunderland, because they won.
"Congratulations to Mike Dean, because he made a fantastic performance.
"And congratulations to Mike Riley, because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going.
"Congratulations to all of them - and I have nothing more to say."
Last night’s game was decided by a late penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta was adjudged to have brought down Jozy Altidore as he was through on goal.
It was clear from his comments that Mourinho was unhappy with Mike Dean’s decision and it is not the first time that Mourinho has got in trouble with the authorities this season.
His latest transgression was when he was sent to the stands in March’s defeat to Aston Villa after protesting over Ramires’ red card.
The Blues’ defeat has dealt their title ambitions a serious blow and they now sit two points behind Liverpool, despite playing one game more than their Anfield rivals.
Mourinho was not willing to be questioned further in the interview, as he walked away despite not expanding on what he had said.
He was similarly reluctant to provide answers in the press conference that followed the match, and merely repeated his previous comments.
Chelsea have suffered this season from a difficulty in getting their three strikers – Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba – to perform in front of goal.
There are suggestions that Mourinho will replace all three of his striking options in the summer as he continues to rebuild his Chelsea side.
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