Liverpool manager hits out at Jose Mourinho for ‘parking two buses’
Chelsea scored two goals at Anfield although Brendan Rodgers far from impressed by visitors setting up defensively
April 28th, 2014
Chelsea are back in the Premier League title race after a 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, with Demba Ba capitalising on a mistake from Steven Gerrard before Willian scored in second-half injury time after Fernando Torres had broken through.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Liverpool, whose eleven-match winning run came to an abrupt end, with the Merseyside team struggling to create clear scoring chances against a Blues side intent on stopping their opponents and looking to capitalise from set pieces or on the counter-attack.
Brendan Rodgers lamented the fact that only one team wanted to play football, accusing his former mentor as ‘parking two buses’ at Anfield with Jon Obi Mikel, Nemanja Matic and Frank Lampard operating largely in front of the back four on Sunday.
“José is happy to work that way and play that way and he will probably shove his CV and say it works but it’s not my way of working,” said Rodgers. “I like to take the initiative in games and let players express themselves. We tried everything we could but our game is based on being offensively creative as opposed to stopping.
“This game will prepare us for Crystal Palace. We will have to deal with long balls forward which we did very well today and we will have to deal with long throw-ins and got the chance to do that today. I can’t fault the players, we just didn’t find the breakthrough. Credit to Chelsea for that, they sat in really deep. There were probably two buses parked today instead of one.”
Mourinho defended his team’s display against Liverpool and claimed it was far from defensive.
“Defensive display?” Mourinho asked. I’m a bit confused with what the media thinks about defensive displays. When a team defends well you call it a defensive display. When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you don’t consider it a defensive display. The team played brilliantly. The best team won. Every player was brilliant, we made no mistakes, we had zonal play which is more difficult than man to man and we covered spaces. It was a fantastic performance by my players.”