Chelsea manager rages after West Ham successfully park the bus
Jose Mourinho has no gripes with employing defensive tactics when it comes to away games at Old Trafford and the Emirates, although he seems to have an issue when visiting teams do the same at Stamford Bridge.
January 30th, 2014
West Ham were always going to try and contain Chelsea on Wednesday night, with some stout defending and excellent goalkeeping preventing the Blues from recording yet another home win as they lost ground on Manchester City.
Mourinho claimed after the match that the Hammers played “19th century football” as they set about landing a precious point which could end up keeping them in the Premier League this season.
“It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play, very difficult,” Mourinho said. “A match is about two teams playing. This match was only one team playing and another team not. I told Big Sam that, because they need points, to come here and do it the way they did… is it acceptable? Maybe yes.
“I cannot be too critical because, if I was in this position, I don’t know if I would do the same. But at the same time this is not Premier League. This is not the best league in the world. This is football from the 19th century.”
Mourinho insinuated that West Ham overstepped the mark with their tactics. When asked to elaborate on the 19th century remark, he said: “Pretending injuries; cheating… I don’t know if that’s the right word; the goalkeeper taking time not after minute 70 but in the first minute; 10 defenders in the box, defenders not putting a foot outside the box. All very basic. But I’m nobody to criticise. They are happy. They get a point. I hope the point means something for them at the end of the season.
“Sam was laughing when we spoke. His objective was to come here and take a point. His objective was not to come here and play good football, or win, or feel part of the quality of the Premier League. He takes the point. After that he’s a happy man and I’m a sad guy.
“Hopefully they have conditions in the future, if they survive, to present a different kind of football coming here. They have good players, a good squad. Look at their bench and it’s full of quality players. So hopefully, for the good of the Premier League, this was just a consequence of their need – which I respect totally – and hopefully they can play football [in the future].”