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Friday 20 April 2018

Mourinho lashes Cardiff for 'breaking the rules' over time-wasting

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Jason Burt in Dusseldorf

Jose Mourinho broke his silence at being sent to the stands against Cardiff City, accusing the newly promoted Premier League club of "wasting" the fans' money and also demanding to know why he had been punished by referee Anthony Taylor.

The Chelsea manager claimed Taylor had "stopping me doing my work" and said he had not been given an explanation as to why he was banished by the official during Saturday's match.

Instead Mourinho accused Cardiff of "breaking the rules" and revealed he had even timed their time-wasting behaviour to the last half-second.

Mourinho, who was last night charged with improper conduct by the English FA, added that Cardiff were more guilty than Samuel Eto'o, who illegally nicked the ball away from David Marshall for Chelsea's equalising goal and said he had warned his 12-year-old son – also Jose and a budding goalkeeper – not to do what the Cardiff 'keeper had done in bouncing the ball.

Mourinho, who had refused to speak to the media at the weekend, vented his anger. In response to a question about the ethics of Eto'o's behaviour, he said: "If I was at that game and I was paying my ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took a minimum of 21.5 seconds.

"That is a waste of money. You pay your ticket and every time the game stops you have to wait about half a minute? When you multiply that by the number of times the game was stopped... you pay for 90 minutes but you see 55 or 60.

"For me, that's breaking the rules. Scoring a goal with a hand, that breaks the rules. Score a goal that was not a goal, as happened in Germany last week (in Bayer Leverkusen's win over Hoffenheim), that's not funny.

"Not funny. Not any more the goal that is not a goal. Not in England (due to goal-line technology)."

Mourinho also raised the so-called 'ghost goal' – Luis Garcia's effort for Liverpool that did not cross the line but was given and knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League in 2005.

"The goalkeeper (Marshall)... when I arrived home the first thing I told my kid who likes to play goalkeeper: 'See the goal and don't do that, eh?' And he's 12. But if, in this moment, FIFA says that it's a foul, it's a foul. But I think Samuel did well. Maybe the referee did wrong, I don't know to be fair. But in my opinion, that should be allowed as it was for years.

"No contact with the goalkeeper, nothing to stop the goalkeeper to make a quick kick... even with space he took 30 seconds. The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball, correct? They had almost half a minute. That's breaking the rules. So he (Eto'o) didn't break the rules."

Mourinho had to sit with the fans for the final 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge after remonstrating with the fourth official and Taylor and added: "I know what happened and what didn't happen, but I don't know the reason why the referee stopped me doing my work, and I'm waiting for that.

"To be with the fans was not funny. It was not funny. It's frustrating."

Chelsea go into this evening's encounter in second place in Group E, three points behind Schalke, and Mourinho confirmed John Terry would start although Ashley Cole is injured.

Terry admitted it had been "difficult to take" when he was in and out of the Chelsea team over the past few seasons.

"My career is where it is because of this man sitting next to me," the 32-year-old said of Mourinho, who last week claimed the centre-half had appeared to suffer from low self-esteem in the past couple of season.

Asked if that was a fair comment, Terry said: "I think so. With the injuries as well, that comes hand in hand. I was out for four or five months, sitting there watching the lads. It was difficult to take."

Last season Terry appeared to be behind Gary Cahill – who is expected to play tonight – and David Luiz but maintained he didn't have any doubts that he would come through it.

"When I did play I was scoring goals and playing well," he said. "But the manager (Benitez) chose the other two. That was fine by me. I played a couple of reserve games behind closed doors to maintain my match fitness, but I've always been very sure of myself."

Terry is out of contract at the end of this campaign and Mourinho has already indicated he will push for a new deal if the defender maintains his form.

"The manager was honest with me at the start of the season: you play well and stay fit, you're in the side," Terry said. "If I get injured, everything's up in the air. We don't really know. But now I'm playing well hopefully everything else takes care of itself."

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