“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the rub of the green today”, Norwich coach Alex Neil said.
Jose Mourinhos side twice had the lead, but paid the price for Courtois rash challenge on Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis as the France worldwide raced through on the counterattack.
“We had a good first half to the season last season, but the second half wasn’t so good“.
If the possible appeal is unsuccessful this week, Chelsea will go to City with the untried Jamal Blackman, yet to play a first-team match, as their back-up goalkeeper. The players know that. They deserve our confidence, but I think now is our time to deserve a compensation of that and the players to give us everything they have and keep the level of ambition and motivation.
Mourinho also did not appear to be particularly happy with referee Michael Oliver and his assistants. “And I don’t want to say anything else”.
Mourinho joined Real Madrid immediately after his European triumph with Inter – his second Champions League success after winning the trophy with Porto in 2004 – and won the King’s Cup in his first season with the Spanish giants. When he was 17 I told him sometimes, ‘You do not need to go in there.
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He became angry and animated right at the end of the match when Chelsea’s medical staff rushed to treat forward Eden Hazard with his team still vulnerable to defeat.
“We have worked on defensive elements as well, and I am sure you will see them through the season”. He had a knock and was very exhausted.
The Swansea midfielder spent 13 years on the Stamford Bridge books, after joining their academy set-up as a nine-year-old.
“Again, I can only repeat what I already said”. It resulted in a red card, a converted penalty from Gomis, and an increasingly tough spot for the reigning champs who could not find the net for the rest of the day.
The turning point came as Gomis dashed through.
“I thought for 90 minutes we were excellent”, Monk said. “We are hoping that it is a great combination and he does really well for us”. Some teams just dream of avoiding relegation and getting another year in the world’s best league.
“We have prepared ourselves the best we possibly could do over the last few weeks”, he added. While the first half featured some good moves in the attacking third, the defence always looked uncertain.