Sunday 22 April 2018

Boos ring around Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans show support for departed Jose Mourinho

Chelsea fan holds up a scarf for Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge today
Chelsea fan holds up a scarf for Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge today
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Loud jeers echoed around Stamford Bridge as the names of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic were read out prior to kick off in Saturday’s Premier League game against Sunderland, on a curious day at Stamford Bridge.

The boos were coming from Chelsea fans and their reasoning hardly needs any explanation.

This was a display of force from a set of irate fans backing sacked Blues manager Jose Mourinho, as they singled out the players they believed were responsible for his downfall.

The trio of Fabregas, Costa and Ivanovic were singled out for special abuse, with the arrival of the players on the Stamford Bridge pitch being greeted to a resounding chorus of ‘Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho’. This was bizarre.

The presence of newly appointed caretaker boss Guus Hiddink in the stands alongside Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and the club’s owner Roman Abramovich confirmed that a new era has already started at Chelsea, but the fans were desperate to ensure they would not let the memory of their departed hero rest just yet.

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Even as Ivanovic scored Chelsea’s opening goal after five minutes, the cheers were muted as the vast majority of Stamford Bridge continued to sing Mourinho’s name, with a rendition of ‘Stand Up for the Special One’ bringing most inside the stadium to their feet.

The bigger picture must be Chelsea’s desire to collect three points against Sunderland as they battle to avoid dropping into the relegation zone in the Premier League, but this was a day that will not be forgotten at Stamford Bridge for a variety of reasons.

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