Mourinho: Officials punished Blues
Published 08/08/2015 | 21:13
Jose Mourinho attempted to keep his counsel after Chelsea's stuttering start to their Barclays Premier League title defence, yet could not help let slip that he felt officials had "punished" his side against Swansea.
There was a feel-good factor around Stamford Bridge heading into the game, with the club basking the afterglow of last season's success and the self-proclaimed Special One penning a new long-term deal.
However, things went awry on the field as the Blues drew 2-2 - and were fortunate to avoid becoming the first Premier League champions to start their defence with defeat.
Oscar's free-kick and a Federico Fernandez own goal either side of debutant Andre Ayew's classy effort gave the hosts a comfortable half-time lead, only for Thibaut Courtois' sending-off shortly after the restart to change the dynamics.
Bafetimbi Gomis slotted home the resulting penalty and Chelsea just about held on after the goalkeeper's red card, launching a desperate late bid to turn the draw into a win.
"We tried," Mourinho said. "I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible.
"I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose.
"But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result.
"Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point.
"Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result."
Mourinho also did not appear to be particularly happy with referee Michael Oliver and his assistants.
The Portuguese was short when asked about a Diego Costa's first-half penalty appeal and curt when answering questions about Courtois' dismissal for bringing down Gomis.
"I do not want to speak about red cards," he said towards the end of the press conference.
Asked whether that would be a policy this season, Mourinho retorted to laughter in the press room: "No, it is just because the first time I can control myself.
"I want to react this way so you don't say he was (complaining) from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth."
Mourinho may feel hard done by, but Swansea counterpart Garry Monk believes the officials' decision was correct.
"From where I was sat and the replay I saw, the referee got it right," the Swans boss said.
"Bafe would have had a goalscoring opportunity when the keeper took him down and he took him down inside the area, so it's definitely a penalty and obviously a red card."
In truth, Swansea were unlucky to return to south Wales with just a point to their name, having continued where they left off last term.
"I thought for 90 minutes we were excellent," Monk said. "We really competed.
"I set the team up to be offensive and showcase the talent we have in the squad, and I thought we did that for 90 minutes.
"Of course there were periods when we had to defend well, but you'd expect that at a place like this against a really good team.
"We were excellent. The best chances fell to us. We had some very good chances. We always looked dangerous and got the result we deserved."
Mourinho also moved to explain why he was so animated late in the game when Eden Hazard had to leave the field - leaving Chelsea with nine men temporarily - after receiving treatment.
"I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive," he told Sky Sports.
"Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game.
"You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired."