Hazard heroics spell trouble for Chelsea's rivals, says Mourinho

Sunday, 21 Oct, 2018

Jose Mourinho's latest return to Stamford Bridge was unlikely to ever pass off quietly, but we did not expect it to end with him leaping off his perch in the visiting technical area to hunt down a Chelsea staff member like he suddenly had an Eva Carneiro flashback.

Hazard is now loved, but he was considered one of the "rats" by the fans who protested the player's conduct after Mourinho's sacking in December 2015.

There had been suggestions that it was Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who had infuriated him, but replays showed the man responsible for Mourinho losing his head was Marco Ianni, Sarri's second assistant.

Chelsea are set to be without Ross Barkley after he picked up a knock while playing for England in midweek while Ethan Ampadu is also out with a knee problem sustained playing for Wales.

There was less than 40 seconds remaining of the six minutes of added time when Barkley scored.

"The results speak by themselves", Mourinho said.

"We had a good relationship, we were champions together, so I think the feelings are good", Mourinho said. But I also made mistakes in football matches and I will make more so when after the game he [Ianni] came to me to apologise, I accepted his apologies and nothing more to say.

Mourinho's post-match response? To walk onto the field and hold three fingers up to the home support, signifying the three Premier League titles he won across two spells in charge of Chelsea. "If I answer to your question I probably have another process because I can not imply bias, so my answer is no answer", he said.

"It would be unfair [if United sacked Mourinho] but, as I said, it's part of the game".

"I have a certain level of education, socially and in sport, and what I did here today I would do in Madrid, Porto, Milan, I try to behave always the same way". The reaction from the fans is not up to me.

"For me the story is over but don't do what everyone does and say "Mourinho does things", it was Sarri's assistant". But I have that situation immediately [after the match].

The United manager jumped from his seat and hurled himself towards the member of staff, clearly enraged, and a huge melee ensued by the tunnel, with staff, players and security all getting involved.

"They are a very strong team".

Much of the criticism aimed at Mourinho this season has centred around his failure to get the best out of several of his leading players, as well as the team's overall style of play. We put lots of "feet" in the last third in the first half.

Martial had been largely anonymous before the break, but, in contrast to Morata, took his chances when they came in the second period.