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Mourinho sees red

Simon Peach

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Jose Mourinho Manager of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City
Jose Mourinho Manager of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City

Jose Mourinho attempted to keep his counsel after Chelsea's stuttering start to their Premier League title defence, yet could not help let slip that he felt officials had "punished" his side against Swansea.

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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 Mourinho penning a new long-term deal.

However, the Blues drew 2-2 - and were fortunate to avoid becoming the first Premier League champions to start their defence with defeat.

Mourinho would not discuss the decision by referee Michael Oliver to send off Courtois, and award a penalty to Swansea, which Bafetimbi Gomis converted.

"I do not want to speak about red cards," he said. 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."

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