Football: Mourinho in combative mood ahead of Euro showdown

Football: Mourinho in combative mood ahead of Euro showdown

LONDON - Jose Mourinho was in tetchy mood ahead of Chelsea's Champions League showdown against Galatasaray as he reacted angrily to questions about his side's implosion at Aston Villa and aimed another jibe at Roberto Mancini.

Mourinho had made clear his frustration with referee Chris Foy after being sent off along with Chelsea midfielders Willian and Ramires during a tempestuous 1-0 loss against Villa on Saturday.

Speaking after that surprise defeat, which put a dent in Chelsea's title challenge, the Blues manager called for the Premier League to consider not appointing Foy for his team's matches in future.

And he showed signs of still being irritated by the incidents when quizzed again about the red cards during Monday's press conference to preview the crucial last 16 second leg meeting with Galatasaray at Stamford Bridge.

Asked if he had spoken to Ramires about his dismissal for an ugly foul on Villa's Karim El Ahmadi - the clash that sparked Mourinho's own red card for entering the pitch - the Portuguese coach said: "Don't you have other things to ask about that game more important than Ramires' tackle on minute 92?

"You think that in that game the most important thing was Ramires' tackle in minute 92?

"I don't want to answer, because I feel that what happened on minute 92 was a consequence of the other 92 minutes that we played before that.

"I'm sorry if I'm wrong or if you don't agree with me, but I think if you want to ask you should ask about what made that tackle happen. But that's just my opinion."

Mourinho, who was also sent from the touchline against Cardiff in October, was asked specifically what he was referring to about the "other 92 minutes".

But he would only say: "Everything that happened. I bring the game into disrepute. I cannot.

"We cannot have a reaction to Villa Park, because if we have reaction we bring the game into disrepute.

"We just close our mouth and we keep going."

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