Ashley Barnes challenge riled Nemanja Matic enough to get him sent off, but weren’t Chelsea lucky Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel weren’t persecuted for these tackles on Arsenal stars?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spent the last couple of days condemning Burnley player Ashley Barnes for his tackle on Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic.
View that incident here:
However, he supported Stamford Bridge defender Gary Cahill after he did this to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez earlier in the season – which prompted Arsene Wenger to go over and push Jose Mourinho.
View that tackle here:
“The technical area is very clear,” said Mourinho to Sky Sports when questioned for his views on the incident.
“I have mine, he has his and he cannot come to mine, especially to put pressure on the referee to give a red card to my player.
“So I just told him ‘leave my technical area and don’t come back please’.”
“I think the referee, from a technical point of view, had a fantastic performance in a difficult, technical, fast match with lots of runs behind – also the linesmen had a difficult game and I think they did a fantastic job.”
That’s far from the first time Mourinho’s decided there’s one rule for his team and another for everyone else.
In December 2013, he laughed off Arsenal fury at the below tackle from John Obi Mikel on Mikel Arteta, saying “They like to cry.”
Does this make the Portuguese manager a hypocrite?