Mourinho blasts referee, praises his players after loss to Sunderland
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, was at his sarcastic best, after watching his side lose pace in the title race, thanks to a 2-1 loss at home to relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Samuel Eto’o opened scoring for Chelsea, before Connor Wickham scored his third goal in two goals to equalise for the Black Cats. Fabio Borini, who is on loan from Liverpool, scored a late winner for Gus Poyet’s team.
When asked about his thoughts on the game, Mourinho replied: “I will not wait for your questions, but in quick four points I can say what I want to say. You can ask me what you want but I will answer exactly the same way.
“The first point is to congratulate my players. They did everything they could, they fought from the first to last minute. We praise players after victory and I think it’s fair to praise my players after a defeat.
“Secondly, congratulations to Sunderland. It doesn’t matter how, or in which way, they won but they won. I think it’s also fair to congratulate them.
The Blues boss also took a thinly-veiled swipe at referee Mike Dean, who awarded a late penalty, which Fabio Borini converted to seal the shock win.
“I want to congratulate again. This time Mike Dean. His performance was unbelievable and when referees have unbelievable performances it’s fair to congratulate them. He came here with one objective, the objective to make a fantastic performance and he did that.
“Congratulations to Mike Riley, because he is the referees’ boss, and what they’re doing all season is fantastic, especially in the last few months, especially for the teams involved in the title race, and I also congratulate Mike Riley.”
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