With Chelsea only narrowly beating mid-table Stoke City, and their top goalscorer limping off with a recurrence of a long-standing hamstring issue, you would imagine that yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge was somewhat frustrating for boss Jose Mourinho.
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Another source of annoyance for the Blues manager was watching £27m man Juan Cuadrado squander a glorious chance to put the game beyond doubt. His subsequent reaction is one of a desperate man in many ways: desperate to kill off the game and the title race, desperate to see the Colombian find his feet so the price tag seems value for money, and perhaps most desperately, to bring Mohamed Salah back from Fiorentina, after the Egyptian moved the other way on loan in January.
The winger was brought on just after the hour, just after Loic Remy had put Chelsea back in front – following Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty being cancelled out by Charlie Adam’s wonderstrike from inside his own half just before the interval – but failed to seal the win.
And his manager – looking on the verge of tears – cannot believe it.