Jose Mourinho restrained in late Stamford Bridge fracas

Deanna Kelley
October 21, 2018

Mourinho was clearly incensed by something one of Chelsea's coaches said to him in passing and the Manchester United manager leapt out of his seat to pursue him down the tunnel before being restrained by stewards.

Mourinho, whose team were travelling less than three minutes from the Lowry hotel, had said: "We left the hotel at six o'clock, hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally it is but this time the police refused to do an escort so we came by ourselves". The players then replicated the scuffle with a heated debate in the centre circle before the match restarted for the final 20 seconds or so.

Mourinho also then gestured with three fingers towards the Chelsea fans in reference to the three Premier League titles he won for the club in two spells in charge.

"Oh, come on. I can tell you that 97 minutes of the game was so good that you have to focus on that", he told Sky Sports.

Martin Keown believes Chelsea FC will ease to a 2-0 win against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Asked how he will deal with Ianni, Sarri added: "I think it is private".

"In different moments, the moments where he was not selected or not playing regularly, he was saying the same all the time: "I want to play for you, I want to play for United, I'll make it and I'll be the player you want me to be".

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"After that his assistant came to me in Sarri's office and apologised to me". He went for holidays with a club fitness coach and he arrived on day one in much better condition than a player that has a holiday just for fun and rest.

Barkley's all important goal sparked unsavoury scenes in the managers' technical area as Chelsea staff members ran onto the pitch to celebrate, one of which, Marco Ianni, appeared to goad Mourinho. "We try", he said. "We were in the wrong on the situation".

"I think Chelsea will win 2-0", Keown told the Daily Mail.

"We also had surprises with players that we had no idea that they were injured and they arrived with important injuries".

"A fantastic match, a very undeserved result for us but that is football".

"I have a certain level of education socially and in sport and what I did today, I would do in Porto, Madrid, Milan".

At the other end, United attempted to stop the outstanding player of the Premier League season so far with some rough treatment as Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young were shown early yellow cards for chopping down Eden Hazard. "Every player knows the zone or the man, but sometimes the opponent is better than us".

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