Mourinho: Stamford Bridge return is 'just another game'

Mae Harvey
October 22, 2018

Jose Mourinho felt a 2-2 draw at Chelsea was an "awful result" for Manchester United and a "phenomenal" one for Maurizio Sarri's men after Ross Barkley equalised in the 96th minute at Stamford Bridge. As a result of the Blues remaining undefeated in league play, assistant Marco Ianni celebrated with a fist pump in Mourinho's face.

Later, when asked about whether he was shown respect by the away fans, Mourinho said: "No, I don't think so, I did not get respect back from Chelsea (fans), but that's not my responsibility". What I did here today I will do in Madrid, in Milan, in Porto, the reaction from the fans is not up to me.

"I'm not annoyed with anything", said Mourinho.

"I immediately said if you really feel that way and you want to apologize, of course I accept the apology and forget it because I also make mistakes in my career". "But I also made mistakes in football matches and will make more".

Jose Mourinho had been on the verge of delivering the ideal response to his critics with Manchester United closing in on a second consecutive comeback win, at the home of his former club Chelsea.

The Portuguese won three Premier League titles in two successful spells in charge of Chelsea, but has lost all three of his previous visits to Stamford Bridge as United manager without even scoring a goal. It was Sarri who took the sting out of the situation by seeking out Mourinho and attempting to find out what had happened. "Then after the goal of Martial, we did not play our football". They have both apologised to me.

"We defend mixed, so some of the players are in zone, some have individual opponents".

Now the league's leading scorer with seven goals this term, Hazard has recaptured his best form under Maurizio Sarri, although he told Belgian outlet HLN during the global break that he wishes to work under Mourinho again. But the woeful performances in the first half still have to be taken into account...

"But I have spoken to Jose, then a couple of members of our staff. For you a match is 90 minutes, for me it's around four hours".

Barkley's goal denied them the win, though, and led to the scenes at the end of the game that will nearly certainly prompt an investigation by the Football Association.

"I think I will try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and supporters that were my supporters and my stadium for many years". I don't want the long ball and to go to the second ball.

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