Sunday 17 December 2017

Blues bemoan penalty count

Chelsea's tally of two penalties in 28 Premier League games this season "seems abnormally low", the runaway leaders have claimed.

Appearing to back up manager Jose Mourinho's belief that there is a 'campaign' against his players, the Stamford Bridge outfit said the spot-kick count "unquestionably bucks the recent trend".

"Our position as clear league leaders and second highest scorers suggests we can't be labelled anything other than an attacking side, spending plenty of time in the opposition box," the club said on their website. "Our two closest challengers in the Premier League this season, Manchester City and Arsenal, have both been awarded seven penalties, the most in the division. City have only scored one more goal than Chelsea (58) and Arsenal two less.

"Last term the two teams that finished above us, Man City and Liverpool, were awarded more penalties than any other team bar us.

"Of course it could be that when teams have played the league leaders they have been particularly careful inside their own area. We all have plenty of recollections suggesting this is not the case however."

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