Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Anthony Martial breaks silence on Jose Mourinho rift

Chelsea's German defender Antonio Rudiger celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring in the 21st minute against Manchester Untied
Cary Erickson | 21 October, 2018, 21:27

Manchester United emerged undefeated at Stamford Bridge for the first time in Jose Mourinho's four visits to his old club, but Chelsea were the more grateful of the two sides for a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

"In the second half we dropped more, we let them have more possession and we made some silly mistakes so they got some counter-attacks".

"With Chelsea, the squad of players they had, they are so suited to the way Sarri wants to play".

Sarri said: "I spoke with Jose afterwards and realised we were wrong".

Martial's equaliser against Chelsea turned the game around following a poor first half from United.

It ended with Mourinho involved in scuffles with one of Sarri's staff but both coaches sought to diffuse the row, with Mourinho saying he had accepted an apology and Sarri saying he had also admonished the staff member.

Young, who received praise for how he limited the influence of Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, told MUTV: "We have to look at the positives, I think we deserved to win it - we got on top".

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Chaos ensued - and it was already pretty chaotic with Barkley scoring so late - but while the United manager was largely blameless, only reacting to provocation, it is perhaps valid to ask whether Ianni would have celebrated so wildly had the likes of Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola been in the opposition dugout rather than Mourinho.

The angry scenes at the final whistle will understandably claim much of the attention, with Mourinho reacting to some unnecessary gloating from Ianni. "Then after the goal of Martial, we did not play our football".

"We conceded a goal that we should have stopped but we came back". He said: "We are not organised like this". They carried more menace in the second half, but their inability to deal with the first ball, second ball or even third ball was grotesque when it mattered most.

"I am really disappointed with the last 30 minutes".

"I think they're a near miss, I think they're one player away". The 2-2 in last minutes is ok, ok for the confidence of my players, but I have to look at something else. Now I've seen the match on the bench, now I want to study the second part of the match.

Nevertheless, that was a phenomenal game for the Frenchman, who put both Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford to shame by finding the net twice in a hard game - something the other two have been struggling to do at the best of times at United.