Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Mourinho Loses The Plot As Chelsea Grab Late Equaliser

Mourinho Loses The Plot As Chelsea Grab Late Equaliser

They have both apologised to me. The Englishman has scored two goals for The Blues so far this season.

The manager tried to get up-close with the air-punching coach, yet he was swiftly restrained by stewards.

Jose Mourinho eased the pressure on his shoulders after United staged a second half fight-back to beat Newcastle United 3-2 in dramatic style at Old Trafford two weeks ago so it seems his job is safe for the time being.

Marco Ianni followed Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea this summer.

They couldn't hold onto a famous win, having failed to come away from Stamford Bridge with three points since October 2012.

Jose Mourinho says he was blameless but "the story is over" after a fracas with members of Chelsea's coaching staff at the end of their 2-2 draw.

"I did not get respect back from Chelsea [fans] but that is not my responsibility". We made a mistake. "We were in the wrong on the situation".

There had been suggestions that it was Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who had infuriated him, but replays showed the man responsible for Mourinho losing his head was Marco Ianni, Sarri's second assistant.

It would appear that a member of the Chelsea staff over-reacted (or at least that's how Mourinho feels) to the late goal. I mean, I prefer not to speak... Celebrating is fine, but what Ianni did left him looking immature and it shines an ugly light on the club.

"(It was) not celebrations, but bad education. What happened with Sarri's assistant, Sarri was the first one to come to me and say he will resolve it.

It all took place after Barkley made it 2-2 in the 96th minute to earn the draw. But then the young fellow came and he also apologised and I told him: "I accept your apology". It may fall to the club's hierarchy to make the call rather than Sarri himself.

"We controlled that very, very well".

Erik Lamela struck with a cool header late in the first half at the London Stadium to give Spurs their fourth successive league victory. Sometimes the opponent is better than us. "So I think we deserve much more than this result but this is what it is".

Sarri said that his side had been in control for the first hour but had then tried to pass the ball long rather than their usual style of conserving possession and building attacks.

Mourinho demonstrated he can still provoke a reaction from these United players as they responded to his half-time talk with a transformed second-half display, full of pace, threat and intent, which took them to within seconds of an outstanding win. "I want to be sure he understands it was a big mistake". Now I think it's finished. I am really disappointed in this type of performance.

United looked sure to claim all three points until the late drama; first Luiz hit the post with a header, Rudiger's follow up was superbly saved by De Gea, before Barkley drove into the goal easily.

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