Mourinho on referee apologies as he looks ahead to West Ham

Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Upton Park tomorrow evening

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had his say after Mike Riley telephoned West Brom apologising for the decision that led to Chelsea getting a last minute penalty against Baggies at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.

Mourinho would like to see consistency if this is becoming this situation is becoming the norm.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to West Ham tomorrow, the Chelsea boss said: ‘I am curious to know if Steve Bruce got a phone call, if Chris Hughton got a phone call, if [Michael] Laudrup got a phone call.

‘Nobody called me to apologise it wasn't a free-kick against West Brom for the second goal, or for a penalty against Everton. If, hypothetically, they make a mistake, they are publicly exposed by their own boss’.

The Chelsea boss even took the unusual step of saying that he is interested in what commentators and pundits in the media have to say about the situation.

Fernando Torres has been ruled out of the trip to Upton Park tomorrow as he continues his recovery from injury, but Mourinho said that left-back Ashley Cole will be available.

Mourinho said that West Ham can hurt them after their difficult start, and called for his side to improve their away form – though he did outline that his side have visited Manchester United, Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle so far this season.

‘I expect a very difficult match. We have to do better, but our matches were not the easiest. I have the feeling many teams in the Premier League are playing very defensive football, trying to stop their opponent.

‘That is giving some good results to different teams against the considered best teams. [I have] no critics about that. Everybody is losing points but keeps in contact with the top part of the table. This league has emotion every weekend.’

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