Monday 23 October 2017

Mourinho mocked as Dyche defends 'criminal' Barnes tackle

Burnley's Ashley Barnes (on ground) protests his innocence after being pushed to the ground by Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, who was subsequently sent off at Stamford Bridge
Burnley's Ashley Barnes (on ground) protests his innocence after being pushed to the ground by Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, who was subsequently sent off at Stamford Bridge

Luke Edwards

Sean Dyche has delivered a stinging rebuke to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho following the Portuguese's accusation Burnley forward Ashley Barnes was guilty of a "criminal" tackle on Nemanja Matic.

In a calm and dignified response to the post-match histrionics of Mourinho, who has used the fact Matic was shown a red card for shoving Barnes in retaliation for a heavy tackle to continue his campaign to suggest Chelsea are always victims of poor refereeing decisions, Dyche said he found it difficult to accept what has been said about his team.

Dyche chose his words carefully, but the Burnley manager has clearly been angered by the way Mourinho has tried to deflect attention away from the fact his side dropped two points at home to a club in the bottom three, by attacking the referee and, in particular, Barnes.

Dyche responded by mocking the fact Chelsea's "expert manager and staff" had not even reacted to the challenge during the game.

"With all the television camera angles, things can be twisted and contorted," said Dyche. "My instant impression was they came together at an unusual angle. His momentum takes him through, not in a vicious way. He's late and he hits him on the shin.

"Please everyone look at the reaction of a bunch of expert footballers, not just on the Chelsea, but also the Burnley side.

"Jose Mourinho had a similar view to me. The crowd behind us, 15,000 people, nobody reacts. In live time, nobody reacts apart from Matic. The referee sees it in live time.

"After the event, with hindsight, with cameras and slow mo, it's blown up and comments like 'criminal tackle' are being used. I find that hard to adjust to.

"After the event, when it's slowed down, of course it looks like an ugly tackle but the momentum of the player - it's very difficult to retract your leg with the pendulum motion. These are experts and they don't react. They don't even flinch.

"I find it hard to believe all these people, especially the manager, who has used very strong phrases, didn't have any reaction in the live moment. I find it hard to accept."

Dyche also tried to take the moral high ground, insisting he instructed his player not to argue with match officials.

"I think it's well documented about how I feel we should conduct ourselves, as a team and as players we generally don't question events that happen in the game," said Dyche.

"It's a shame on this occasion because I'd like to talk about the game because we got an excellent point at a place that is extremely tough against a fantastic manager, a fantastic set of players and a fantastic club.

"We should give a balanced view." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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