Saturday’s match was one every Chelsea fan will want to forget in a hurry considering how it all went. It was an ill-tempered match, and one wonders what might have been had we not lost all three points at stake.
The match, which saw our team slump to a late penalty scored by Fabio Borini, is bound to affect our title aspiration as it further broadens the gap between the Blues and Liverpool who defeated Norwich on Sunday to move clear at the top of the league.
After the game last Saturday, Mourinho made a lot of sarcastic remarks about the officials, who in my opinion didn’t handle the match professionally. In assessing the match last, former Liverpool midfielder, Jamie Redknapp tagged the boss’s comments as embarrassing.
The former Liverpool, who was speaking on Saturday Night Football on Sky Sport had this to say about Mourinho’s remarks:
“What he’s just said is embarrassing. You’re the manager of the team and you’re trying to deflect it to the referee,” Redknapp said on the program.
“They’ve had a lot of decisions go their way this year, namely the West Brom game and that last minute penalty.
“Sometimes things go for you, sometimes they don’t.
“I think he should look at himself and look at his team. Lose at Palace, lose at Villa, lose at Sunderland.
“That’s what’s going to cost you the title – not referees, not decisions.
“You’ve got to go and win those games. It’s up to your players to do it.
“You’ve had enough opportunities, you’ve had enough quality, you’ve spent enough money this year to beat Sunderland at home and if you don’t you’ve got to look at yourself, you’ve got to look at your team. There’s no point blaming everybody else.”
When asked during the presser to give further clarification on his statement concerning the match officials, the boss walked out instead. He however spoke more on the outcome of the match in a second presser that followed:
“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,” he said.
“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.”
It depends on how the FA reacts to this comments, but it will be recalled that the boss was recently fined £8,000 by the FA for comments made in a match we played against Aston Villa.