English Premiership

Mourinho plays down thumping

2014-03-23 11:01
Jose Mourinho (AFP)

London - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that his side's 6-0 demolition of Arsenal did not have any added significance despite coming in counterpart Arsene Wenger's 1 000th game in charge.

The Arsenal manager suffered a nightmare on his milestone occasion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Chelsea's supporters goading the Frenchman by chanting: "We want you to stay!"

The crowing home support also made reference to Mourinho's remark last month that Wenger was a "specialist in failure", due to Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought.

The Portuguese was unwilling to rub further salt into the wound, however, and when asked if he had taken extra satisfaction from spoiling Wenger's big day, he replied: "No."

"I wanted the three points and a good performance if possible. We got that. And on top of that, we got the result with some numbers, which is especially for our fans.

"They are special numbers and we work for the fans so if we can give them that, then it's even more beautiful. But no more than that."

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men in the 15th minute when Kieran Gibbs was sent off in a case of mistaken identity after team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the goal-line.

Mourinho conceded that the numerical advantage had aided his team, but he felt that Chelsea, who were 2-0 ahead by that time, had already asserted control of the game.

"Obviously to play against 10 men is easier," he said.

"I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say it is the same to play 10 and 11. It's not the same. But the way we started this game, there is no doubt that this was our game."

Chelsea now lie four points ahead of Liverpool having played a game more and six points in front of Manchester City, who have three fixtures in hand.

And Mourinho, whose side bounced back from a surprise 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend, continued to play down Chelsea's title hopes.

Asked if his side had a chance of winning the title, he added: "Just a little. The momentum was broken last Saturday. Now we are trying to build another momentum.

"We were lucky after last Saturday to immediately have another match in the Champions League (against Galatasaray) with a big responsibility to push us to forget. We concentrated on the new challenge and the Champions League was important.

"Then a derby match against Arsenal -- and the most important match of the season for them, as their manager said on Friday - was even more important because our focus was there.

"We've had good performances this season, but every match is difficult to play."

Samuel Eto'o limped off for Chelsea with a hamstring injury shortly after giving the hosts the lead in the fifth minute, but Mourinho suggested that the Cameroonian striker was not unduly worried by the setback.

"With his experience, he thinks it's not big," he said. "Before the big tear, he was able to say enough is enough, but a hamstring is a hamstring."

Wenger, whose side host Swansea City on Tuesday, did not attend the post-match press conference, with an Arsenal official explaining that it was because the team bus was about to leave.

Instead, he told television broadcasters: "It leaves it in a very bad situation, but we want to respond. We had two difficult away games at Tottenham and Chelsea. If we had played two draws, we'd have two points.

"Having won one, we have three points. But today (Saturday) is a huge disappointment, of course. When you don't turn up in a game of this stature -- nobody takes that easy.

"We have to win the next game. That is what we have to focus on now and give a strong response."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
13 September 2014
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 13:45
Stoke City v Leicester City, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v Burnley, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v Newcastle United, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur, Stadium of Light 16:00
Chelsea v Swansea City, Stamford Bridge 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Everton, The Hawthorns 16:00
Liverpool v Aston Villa, Anfield 18:30
14 September 2014
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers, Old Trafford 17:00
15 September 2014
Hull City v West Ham United, The KC Stadium 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.