Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Jose Mourinho in scuffle on return to Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho in scuffle on return to Stamford Bridge

Mourinho took exception to the way Chelsea coach Ianni celebrated Ross Barkley's late equaliser, prompting a melee around the tunnel.

When Manchester United went 1-0 down to Chelsea on Saturday I was expecting the worse.

Asked whether there could be a club punishment for Ianni, the Chelsea manager said: "I don't know at the moment, I want to speak to him after the game".

"I have a certain level of education, socially and in sport, and what I did here today I would do in Madrid, Porto, Milan, I try to behave always the same way".

"I am not annoyed with anything". But I also made mistakes in football matches and I will make more so when after the game he [Ianni] came to me to apologise, I accepted his apologies and nothing more to say.

"The assistant has already come to me and apologised, I told him to forget it". "He was very impolite but Sarri took care of the situation".

He was clearly enraged and was holding up his three fingers, signifying the number of league championships he won, in the direction of the Chelsea supporters who were baiting him as he made his way off the pitch.

The angry scenes at the final whistle will understandably claim much of the attention, with Mourinho reacting to some unnecessary gloating from Ianni.

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Energised, the 23-year-old should have levelled seconds later, outjumping Leonardo Bonucci but his header went wide. The Portugal captain tapped in, after Joao Cancelo's shot was blocked, having earlier hit the post with a header.


United's fans, however, will appreciate the efforts and intensity of their players, showing loud support for their manager as they witnessed his team finally show signs of life to build on the momentum of their comeback win against Newcastle United.

Sarri said: "I spoke with Jose afterwards and realised we were wrong".

"We showed great attitude at the end". 'However, we worked hard and this sort of match enabled us to show that we are a good team.

While the Italian was accepting of the result, he was left to rue Chelsea's tactical lapse which played into United's hands in the second half.

Jose Mourinho lost his temper after a last-second equalizer goal and tried to get up-close and personal with the Chelsea coach celebrating the goal. In the second half we managed to transform that on occasions in goals, in ambition, in free-flow play with good intensity, good passing, good quality.

"I didn't see what happened but I have spoken to Jose Mourinho". "I spoke immediately with the member of my staff and I told him to speak with Mourinho and say sorry".

For the second match running United had come from behind to lead, and Ashley Young has now called for the Red Devils to start matches the way they have been finishing them of late.

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