Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho launched a stunning attack on the club’s physio Eva Carneiro following the disappointing 2-2 draw with Swansea City in their opening game of the new Premier League season on Saturday evening.
In a disappointing start to the defence of their crown, the Blues twice surrendered the lead at Stamford Bridge and also finished the game with ten-men as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was shown a straight red card following a challenge on Swans striker Bafetimbi Gomis early in the second half.
Despite the prospect of being without his number one stopper for next weekend’s clash against title rivals Manchester City, Mourinho instead decided to criticise Carneiro for her decision to treat Eden Hazard whilst they were vulnerable to a counter attack:
“I wasn’t happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game,” the Portuguese boss said [via Telegraph Sport].
“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.”
“My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left,” Mourinho added.
Brazilian midfielder Oscar’s free-kick and a Federico Fernandez own-goal had twice given the reigning champions of England the lead, but debutant Andre Ayew and a Gomis penalty ensured the visitors left West London with a deserved point.
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