Villa Park dismissal still rankles for Mourinho

ANGER: Jose Mourinho

ANGER: Jose Mourinho

First published in Sport

ANGRY Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to seethe about events at Aston Villa on Saturday on the eve of the crucial Champions League last-16 second leg meeting against Galatasaray.

Along with Willian and Ramires, Mourinho was sent off by referee Chris Foy during a feisty encounter which Chelsea lost 1-0 in a blow to their Premier League title chances.

Mourinho called for the Premier League to consider not appointing Foy for Chelsea matches in future.

Asked if he had spoken to Ramires about the challenge on Karim El Ahmadi, the Portuguese said: ‘‘Don’t you have other things to ask about that game more important than Ramires’ tackle on minute 92?

‘‘You think that in that game the most important thing was Ramires’ tackle in minute 92?

‘‘I don’t want to answer, because I feel that what happened on minute 92 was a consequence of the other 92 minutes that we played before that.

‘‘I’m sorry if I’m wrong or if you don’t agree with me, but I think if you want to ask you should ask about what made that tackle happen.

‘‘But that’s just my opinion.’’ Mourinho’s dismissal was his second of the season.

He was fined £8,000 by the Football Association following his touchline dismissal against Cardiff in October.

He declined to elaborate on the events in the previous 92 minutes of action at Villa Park.

Asked specifically what he was referring to, he said: ‘‘Everything that happened. I bring the game into disrepute.

I cannot.’’ Earlier, Mourinho was asked if he expects a reaction from his players following the loss. The Portuguese answered a different question.

‘‘We cannot have a reaction to Villa Park, because if we have reaction we bring the game into disrepute,’’ he said.

‘‘We just close our mouth and we keep going.’’ Didier Drogba hopes to mark his return to Chelsea with a Galatasaray victory on Tuesday night when he plans to keep his emotions in check.

The 36-year-old, whose final act after eight years as a Chelsea player was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win over Bayern Munich, returns to his old stomping ground with the tie 1-1 after the first leg.

‘‘With all the respect that I have for this club, for the fans and for the players, I might not celebrate, but if we win I’ll be happy,’’ said Drogba. ‘‘I’m really happy to come back and to see some familiar faces. It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it’s not going to be difficult for me to put myself into competition mode.’’

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