Tuesday 28 March 2017

Five things we learned from Chelsea's SIXTH loss of the campaign to Liverpool

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts Reuters / Philip Brown Livepic

Matt Law

Jose Mourinho waited an hour before he finally snapped; Javier Moreno should think before he speaks; Eden Hazard handed warning and two more..

1) Crunch time for Abramovich as Mourinho stares into abysss

The Chelsea players looked like they were still playing for their manager and the Stamford Bridge faithful sang Mourinho’s name, even when his team were losing. But what will owner Roman Abramovich be thinking? Does he stand by his man or does he decide enough is enough. The travelling Liverpool fans made their opinion loud and clear by singing ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’.


2) Moreno should think before he speaks

Moreno this week hit out at former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for apparently not trusting him. The left-back claimed Rodgers’ treatment left him fuming, but it will have been his new manager Klopp who was fuming with Moreno’s defending in just the fourth minute, when he switched off and allowed Ramires to open the scoring.


3) Klopp can dish it out to referees as well

Jose Mourinho has been at war with referees this season, but it was Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who had far more to say to the officials at Stamford Bridge. Klopp jumped up and down in frustration and berated both the fourth official, Lee Mason, and referee Mark Clattenburg when he thought John Terry had handled Nathaniel Clyne’s cross in his own penalty area.


4) Hazard warning

Mourinho tried to catch Liverpool out by starting with Oscar on the left and moving Eden Hazard inside into the No 10 position. It did not work, as Hazard made little impact and started the second half back on the left before he was hauled off with just over an hour remaining and replaced by Brazilian youngster Kenedy. Real Madrid will have no doubt taken note.


5) Ref justice for Chelsea

Having kept his cool for over an hour, Mourinho finally snapped when Lucas got away with a foul on Ramires without punishment. Already on a booking, the Liverpool midfielder should really have been sent off but Clattenburg only awarded a free-kick and Mourinho ironically applauded the decision. Nemanja Matic had been sent off for two bookable offences against West Ham a week earlier and his offences were no worse.


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