Thursday 22 February 2018

It's not about luck or referees, we must improve - Felipe Luis

Chelsea 1 Burnley 1

Ben Mee heads in Burnley's equalising goal in their Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Ben Mee heads in Burnley's equalising goal in their Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Chelsea's Oscar is tackled by Burnley defender Ben Mee during their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is tackled by Burnley's Michael Keane during their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Branislav Ivanovic celebrates after scoring Chelsea's goal in their Premier League clash with Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Ben Mee celebrates after scoring Burnley's equalising goal in their Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Gerry Cox

While Jose Mourinho railed against the campaign he believes is destabilising Chelsea's title bid, it is heartening to know that some of his players have a better sense of perspective.

There were other moments and statistics that, for the more objective observer, gave a clearer picture of a game more balanced than the one Mourinho described. Both teams had five shots on target, seven corners, and nine fouls against them. More importantly, each side scored once to take one point apiece.

The moments Mourinho neglected to mention were minutes 5, 15, 53, 55, 67 and 78, when Chelsea had good scoring opportunities but missed the target or were foiled by the Burnley goalkeeper, Tom Heaton.

His opposite number Thibaut Courtois was just as busy, making spectacular saves three times to deny shots from Ashley Barnes, who shared equal billing with referee Martin Atkinson as villain of the piece in Mourinho's eyes.

The Portuguese claimed that Atkinson "made four mistakes" on Saturday, but failed to mention his own in delaying the introduction of Gary Cahill as a substitute before an 81st-minute corner.

When Kieran Trippier swung in the kick, left-back Ben Mee fended off a feeble challenge from Ramires to head the goal that equalised after Branislav Ivanovic's opener for Chelsea.

Perhaps if Chelsea's defending had been better, or their finishing more clinical, the debate about red cards and penalties would have been hypothetical, as their left-back Felipe Luis admitted. "We have to say Burnley played a good game and congratulate them," Luis said.

"I don't believe in luck and I don't want to talk about the referee.

"We had chances to win the game, we played a lot better than them and created a lot of chances. We have to improve and play better in every game."

It was put to Luis that Chelsea lacked their usual fluency.

"I don't know. We created chances, everybody was running in attack. We have to know that every game is not easy, and to be top of the league every game is more difficult because everybody is trying to steal points from us. Now we have to work hard and train more, improve every day."

Perhaps Mourinho might ponder that last point while he waits to see if the Football Association takes action against him. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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