Sarri sorry after Chelsea assistant taunts Mourinho

Arnold Nichols
October 22, 2018

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted to being disappointed with his players for drifting away from his tactics and playing "long ball" during the latter stages of the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

There was carnage on the touchline after the late goal, with staff from both clubs coming face-to-face and Mourinho reacting furiously to Ianni's overenthusiastic celebrations.

"I think the players in that weekend we didn't sleep in the hotel, everyone stayed at his own house, and I think the players when they woke up in the morning, from what they read, because they read and follow social media, I think the pre-match was not easy for them", said Mourinho.

"I am not annoyed with anything", he told Sky Sports.

When asked about the incident, former Chelsea boss Mourinho said: "Oh come on, I can tell you that 97 minutes of the game was so good that you have to focus on that".

"I think I would try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters for many years", he said.

Two goals from Anthony Martial had appeared to have earned Mourinho's Manchester United a comeback win after they went 1-0 down in the first half.

The result preserves Chelsea's unbeaten start to the Premier League season, but Sarri admitted his team were fortunate to escape defeat after resorting to a more direct style of play following Martial's equaliser.


"I could sit here with a halo above my head and say "it's bad for the people to see at home, it's not what we want to see representing the game" or I could actually say 'I've been there, I've done it, I've been on the receiving end of it.' You cannot control your emotions and that's why we love this game because we want to see moments like that".

If you stop the eight-goal Hazard, who can Chelsea look to? We made a mistake. I do not know where the extra time came from.

Mourinho landed three Premier League titles over the course of two spells at Stamford Bridge, but is now viewed as a fierce rival after taking the reins at Old Trafford.

The German added in a news conference that captain Jordan Henderson was substituted at halftime as a precautionary measure after getting a knock in the first half.

"I want to play every game for three points".

"There are moments when the grand spectacle of it all convinces you to put aside any regrets, even if you concede at the last minute or five minutes into stoppages", Sarri told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, reliving the challenge of facing Klopp as Liverpool snatched a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser last month.

"We made a mistake", he said. "After the match I spoke with Jose and immediately I understood we were wrong". I want to play with short passes. I have spoken with my member of staff.

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