Manager Jose Mourinho said criticism of Chelsea following its elimination from the Champions League stems from “envy,” The Independent’s Sam Wallace reports.
Chelsea was knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain and was criticized for surrounding a referee after a collision between Oscar and PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The referee ultimately gave Ibrahimovic a red card, but Chelsea couldn't hold on for a victory despite having a man advantage.
Sky Sports analysts Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher each called out the team for how it behaved.
During his press conference on Friday, Mourinho responded to Souness and Carragher.
“Jamie [Carragher] stopped playing a couple of years ago and, in two years, he forget everything he did on the pitch. Mr Souness also, but he stopped playing a long times ago,” Mourinho said. “I coached Benfica [where Souness also coached], I know a lot about him. So much about him. But I have a certain kind of education, not just in football but in life, and I prefer to laugh. Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man. It's about life.”
Chelsea is in first place in the Premier League with a 19-6-2 record. The team returns to action on Sunday against Southampton.
- Paul Palladino