Champions League: Stay cool, Mourinho

Champions League: Stay cool, Mourinho
Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho gestures during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Galatasaray and Chelsea on Feb 26



(Wednesday, 3.40am, SingTel mio TV Ch 111)

Both teams tied at 1-1 from first leg

After a bad-tempered defeat by Aston Villa last Saturday, Chelsea will hope for better luck at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday morning (Singapore time).

With Manchester City and Arsenal already out and a demoralised Manchester United two goals down to Olympiakos, the Blues could be England's last team standing by the end of the week.

For that to happen, however, they'll have to avoid another day like last Saturday.

Two red cards and the dismissal of the manager will not impress the Football Association and there is a chance that the club will be punished further.

Chelsea, it must be said, suffered a little ill fortune, with Willian's second booking particularly harsh.

Mourinho certainly had no doubt as to where the blame lay.

"Maybe it is helpful that the committee does not send him to our matches," said Mourinho of last Saturday's referee, Chris Foy.

Foy has a long history with Chelsea, having sent off six of their players in the last eight games he has officiated and Mourinho claimed that his players were uncomfortable with his name on the team-sheet.

But it can't be said that Foy's decisions, either this weekend or before, were entirely without reason.

The majority were either sound or borderline calls.


This, of course, is not the first time that Chelsea have objected to a particular referee.

Last season, they went public with unfounded allegations that Mark Clattenburg had racially abused Jon Obi Mikel.

The claim was later dropped and the club admitted that they should have "given more consideration" to their actions.

Mourinho had a point when he made the perfectly valid argument that he was not the only intruder on the pitch.

Villa manager Paul Lambert crossed the line too and yet he escaped punishment.

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