Saturday 22 September 2018

Jose points finger at his rivals for defeat

Manager Jose Mourinho took a sly dig at Chelsea's title rivals for allowing them to switch off at the end of the season.

The champions slipped to a deserved 3-0 defeat at West Brom last night and had Cesc Fabregas (pictured) sent off in comical fashion.

It ended a 16-game unbeaten run in the league and meant the Blues have earned just one point from two games since winning the Premier League.

But Mourinho believes Chelsea, who are eight points clear with one game left, were given the chance to take their foot off the pedal.

"The ideal scenario is to be champions and don't play again, go home, have holidays and don't play again," he said, after just Chelsea's third league defeat of the campaign.

"I don't blame the players, to blame the players I have to blame myself because I am not different than them.

"Let's blame the players a little bit, let's blame myself, let's blame the top contenders for the title because they were not good enough to fight with us until the end.

"If, today, we need this game to be champions, I'm not saying we'll win but I'm saying we would compete at a higher level to win."

But Mourinho questioned Fabregas' dismissal after the midfielder was sent off in the first half in bizarre style.

Referee Mike Jones was taking control of a spat between Diego Costa and Gareth McAuley when Fabregas kicked the ball back towards the group - hitting West Brom's Chris Brunt on the head. The ex-Barcelona star was dismissed, while a brace from Saido Berahino and Brunt's strike sealed victory for Albion.

Mourinho said: "Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card in a friendly game?

"I really don't understand. I think (Darren) Fletcher was aggressive, he pushed him (Fabregas) in the chest because he is experienced and knows where he can push for a yellow card. He is much more aggressive than what Fabregas did."

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