Mourinho happy to boring as stalemate sees City remain behind league leaders.
Jose Mourinho seemed content to hold on for the draw against Manchester City as Chelsea maintained their five points lead a-top the Premier League.
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The Blues managed just three shots on goal the entire match, their worst total in eleven years, and non after their 41st minute opener by Loic Remy.
Mourinho even replaced Remy, who he had selected to replace the suspended Diego Costa, late in the second half for England defender Gary Cahill to ensure Chelsea could close out the match at 1-1.
Chelsea weren’t able to consolidate their lead as David Silva equalised just before the half time break but Mourinho seemed the more content of the two managers when the match ended as he shook hands with Manuel Pellegrini.
However, the Portuguese, who was also fined this week by the FA for suggesting referees had a campaign against Chelsea, did have to be calmed down by match ref Mark Clattenburg when he reacted furiously to a free kick given against Nemanja Matic.
Chelsea’s desire to see the game out for a point was reminiscent of Mourinho’s own complaints of Tottenham Hotspur “parking the bus” in a 2004, 0-0 draw.
However it seems he was happy with a point and ensuring Man City left West London still five points behind the league leaders.
And his choice of tactics seems to be a key story on tomorrow’s back pages:
— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) January 31, 2015