José Mourinho Accuses Chelsea Of Defending With Nine Players

José Mourinho Accuses Chelsea Of Defending With Nine Players
May 20, 2018

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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side clinched the FA Cup on Saturday after Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty was unanswered by Manchester United, but the Blues were not deserved winners according to José Mourinho.

Hesitance by Phil Jones followed by an exquisite Hazard touch saw the Belgian race through on goal before the defender, who was included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad travelling to Russia, had little options other than to attempt a challenge, giving Michael Oliver no problems in awarding a penalty, one which Hazard coolly slotted past David De Gea.

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Despite having no shots on target in the first 45, United were predictably better in the second, with late chances for Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matić just short of finding an equaliser. However, Mourinho has suggested his side were the superior of the two and accused Chelsea of defending with ‘nine players’.

Speaking to the BBC after the defeat at Wembley, Mourinho said: “I congratulate them but I don’t think they deserved to win. I am Manchester United manager and I have to be respectful, not just because they are my previous club but because they are the opponents today and I think we deserved to win.”

“It was a bit hard for us to play without Lukaku against a team that defends with nine players. You need that presence.”

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“Chelsea are not stupid. They know our team without Lukaku or Marouane Fellaini does not have a presence, so putting eight or nine players in front of the box they knew they would be dominant in that direct football.”

“Every defeat hurts but I go home with the feeling we gave everything. No regrets.”

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