On one of the most awkward and erratic performances of Jose Mourinho's tenure as Chelsea manager, the Blues players were labelled a disgrace by Liverpool hero and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
The former England international claimed that, before PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off at Stamford Bridge this evening, the Chelsea players reacted in a disgraceful way by surrounding the referee to make sure of the outcome.
Ultimately, it was the end for Ibrahimovic, despite many believing that it was a harsh decision to give him his marching orders. Carragher certainly thought the referee made the wrong decision, while he slammed the Blues players for their role in the incident.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Carragher told Sky Sports: "It was very unfortunate, it’s not a red card. I actually think he’s trying to pull his foot away. You look at it and you think Oscar’s foot is as high, if not higher,' Carragher said on Sky Sports.
"If the referee is the other side then the referee might look at Oscar and give the decision the other way."
"The reaction from the Chelsea players is disgraceful. It’s something that is sad that is coming into the game. It comes from I think Jose Mourinho’s teams, they have this reaction, it’s not a one off,' added Carragher."
It's hard to argue with Carragher: Time-and-time again throughout this crunch Champions League clash, the Blues players were too busy focussing on the referee.
John Terry, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Ramires, Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic: these are the names of the Chelsea players who surrounded the match official within a matter of seconds of Ibrahimovic's tackle.
If they thought it was that bad then why didn't ANY of them turn their attentions to their teammate rolling around on the floor?
Don't get me wrong, all of the above Chelsea players have been fantastic this season...they've already secured the Capital One Cup and they will probably go on and win the Premier League, but for some reason they took to the pitch with the wrong mindset this evening.
Who is to blame? Many will point towards Mourinho. Carragher did when discussing the Ibrahimovic sending off, and he probably does deserve a big share of the blame.
After all, he's seemingly been desperate to take away the focus on his players all season long by targeting referees. To an extent, his players copied him tonight - and it's something that has backfired.
For 90 minutes (including extra-time), Chelsea had a man extra on the pitch; they had the trio of Ramires, Fabregas and Matic operating in the middle of the park, but they failed to dominate proceedings. They struggled all over the pitch tonight, and they were deservedly beaten.
Every team has a bad night, but something wasn't quite right about them tonight. The team's mentality was bizarre, and it's cost them big time.
Chelsea fans: Why didn't your players perform tonight? Have your say in the comments section below!
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