Saturday 23 November 2019

Jose Mourinho refuses to blame John Terry for red card

John Terry walks off after being dismissed in Chelsea's 3-2 win at West Brom
John Terry walks off after being dismissed in Chelsea's 3-2 win at West Brom

Jason Burt

Jose Mourinho declared that Chelsea would begin training with “10 men” after John Terry became the latest of his players to be sent off.

The manager also claimed that “people love Chelsea to lose” and although he refused to be drawn on the referee Mark Clattenburg’s performance his frustration was clear.

“I don’t want to make [anything of it],” Mourinho said. “To speak about that I have to speak about many other things in the game, some things you can see, others we can see. And so many things.

 “One striker push one defender, it’s a foul, it’s not a foul... Stop the game in midfield it’s a yellow card, it’s not a yellow card. Penalty. You give... why do you let [Cesar] -Azipilcueta shoot and maybe he misses the target and it’s not a goal and a penalty. So I prefer to concentrate on us. Then, with one player less, and we are getting experience of that, we adapted well… the players really want to win. The big disappointment for some: tomorrow the back pages will have to be different because we won.”

Asked whether he was concerned by two red cards in three games – following Thibaut Courtois’s dismissal against Swansea City – he said: “No. I have to do what’s in my hands, which is to train.

“We have to train 11 against 10. We have to do it. We did it a couple of times [in pre-season] in Canada, and we have to do more. Ten men when you are winning. Ten men when you are losing.”

Mourinho said that he did not blame Terry for the sending-off. “It’s a ball into space behind the full-back who is pressing high. The striker makes the movement and then Mr Clattenburg decides a red card.”

However, neither will Chelsea appeal the decision for which Terry will receive a one-match ban. “Normally, it’s a waste of time for us,” Mourinho said. “Matic against Burnley last year, Diego Costa against Liverpool, Courtois... it’s a waste of time.”

Chelsea are preparing to allow the Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, who was signed in January for around £27 million, to join Juventus on loan.

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