Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chelsea's Sarri slams players for ditching gameplan in United draw

Chelsea's Sarri slams players for ditching gameplan in United draw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in a furious touchline bust-up after Ross Barkley's 96th-minute equaliser rescued Chelsea's unbeaten Premier League start at Stamford Bridge.

United fought back from 2-0 down at home to Newcastle to win 3-2 two weeks ago to hand Mourinho a stay of execution as reports emerged that the Portuguese was set to be axed.

Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard's form bodes well for Chelsea's Premier League title challenge.

The Gunners have won nine games in a row in all competitions, six of them in the Premier League, to close to within two points of the leaders.

Eddie Howe's side are in sixth place with five wins already this season and are chasing a third straight Premier League victory for the first time since March 2016.

"I want to do well for my team, players, the supporters - I am 100 per cent United tomorrow, and no more than respect for the stadium and the fans", Mourinho added.

That may be interpreted as implied criticism of Mourinho, but Sarri was not about to emulate his predecessor, Antonio Conte, in igniting a public feud with the former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

Hazard scored 14 top-flight goals during that campaign but was one of a number of Chelsea's high-profile players to reportedly fall out with Mourinho the following season.

Sarri's style could not be more different. "For you a match is 90 minutes, for me it's around four hours".

"That was an extraordinary show".

Despite the disappointing end to the game, former Arsenal and England defender Matthew Upson was impressed with the Manchester United display in the second half. I asked: 'Why are you smiling?' He replied: 'Aren't you having fun?' He was losing at the time.

Sarri, who took over at Chelsea this season, has been praised for promoting an entertaining, swift-passing style that particularly suits top scorer Eden Hazard and his technically gifted team mates. "For me it's another game", said the United boss.

"What happened with Sarri's assistant; Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he would resolve the problem internally with me", Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"The results speak for him, I think".

Chelsea (6-2-0) returns from the global break placed second in the table, unbeaten through eight contests this season.

"Would I celebrate like insane if my team scored a goal or claimed victory at Stamford Bridge?".

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