German daily tabloid Bild has taken a subtle swipe at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea were defeated 3-0 by Werder Bremen in a friendly over the weekend, which left the Portuguese coach furious with the behaviour of the referee who he claimed, turned the game into a circus.
“We were expecting a fast game a competitive game but we come here and the referee thought this was a circus for Bremen fans – for them to have fun - and he killed the match,” said Mourinho.
An example of the sort of decisions that Mourinho is talking about can be found with the hand ball against John Terry, which allowed Werder to score from the penalty spot.
Bild responded after the game, pointing out that it’s not the first time the Chelsea manager has moaned about decisions going against his team.
“Chelsea coach Mourinho blames the referee (again) – Fact: The four time English champions travelled at full strength to Bremen – world champions Andre Schurrle, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa all featured,” reports Bild.
Another recent example Bild could be hinting at is Mourinho’s criticism of Mike Dean following the defeat at home to Sunderland last season.
That defeat badly affected Chelsea in the Premier League title race and Mourinho was sarcastic when asked about Dean’s performance after the game.
Mourinho was also critical of the match officials performances following the draw against West Ham United last season, which prompted his ‘19th century football’ remarks.
Putting the Bremen result to one side, it’s been a predominantly positive pre-season for Chelsea.
They head into the new season as one of the favourites to win the Premier League and Champions League and it shouldn’t be a surprise Mourinho is targeted by various sections of press all over Europe.
He’s passionate and bullish about his Chelsea side and when things go wrong, he often vents his emotions in vocal form.