This drew the ire of Conte, who had to be kept apart from Mourinho by the fourth official. I defend my club.
United’s hopes of breaching that backline suffered a blow when striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 goals in his first season at the club, was banned for three games for elbowing Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in their Premier League clash last weekend.
However, it was Ander Herrera’s dismissal on 35 minutes that proved the game’s pivotal moment as the midfielder went for one of umpteen United fouls on Eden Hazard.
Costa headed wide unchallenged when he should have added Chelsea’s second, while Willian skimmed the roofof the net, forced De Gea to beat away a rising drive and then narrowly missed Costa with a low cross in a whirlwind few minutes.
“The boys are doing really well, but we have opponents in different circumstances to us”.
“When we were attacking so much, you always have to take care because he’s fast”. He will get a third opportunity to do so on April 16th, in their second Premier League match of the season. If they’d won the Champions League a year ago, they’d be playing in Europe this season. It’s the [fault of the] ones who stayed here and didn’t win the Champions League. Paul Pogba failed to close down France teammate Kante, who found the space to score from 20 yards (meters) and keep the Premier League leaders on course for a domestic double.
The Portuguese thought the Italians’ over the top celebrations were disrespectful to him after his team was already 0-3 down.
As interim manager Guus Hiddink steadied the ship for the remainder of the campaign, ultimately securing a top-half finish after a run of just three losses in 22 matches, the fury of the fans abated.
“It’s not football for me”. “I don’t even think I had one save in the beginning”. This is the truth.
“If players were robots”, he complained, “I would win every week”. “What happens if they are put out with a bad injury?”
The referee was sufficiently concerned to hold up play after a foul from Phil Jones to bring over United’s captain, Chris Smalling, and make it clear that he would not tolerate any more.
While Conte was fuming at the treatment being dished out to his star man, Mourinho went apoplectic once the red card was brandished in Herrera’s face.
“I think it’s important to have this type of player if we want to win”. Mr Oliver. goes home and can do his own analysis because I don’t want to analyse his work.
RAMIRES’ REVENGE SETS UP BA BEAUTY The 2013 quarter-finals saw Chelsea travel to Old Trafford in what would turn out to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge of Manchester United.