Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho surprised Norwich City did not go for broke

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho expected Norwich City to go for broke at Stamford Bridge. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho expected Norwich City to go for broke at Stamford Bridge. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 5, 2014
6:30 AM

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was confused by relegation-threatened Norwich’s tactics as his side’s fading title hopes were dealt a severe blow by a goalless draw with the Canaries at Stamford Bridge.

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Neil Adams’ side sat three points off safety before kick-off, knowing 17th-placed Sunderland would have a game in hand even after Sunday’s match, but Mourinho felt they did not play like that was the case.

“We had one team that needed three points to survive and they didn’t play to win,” the Portuguese said. “We tried everything but at the end of the day we knew we had no chance of being champions. We knew we needed a point to finish in the group stages of the Champions League (by securing third place). That is no trophy for us, but it was important to finish third.”

Mourinho preferred to laugh rather than cry after watching his side’s slim Premier League title hopes fade further as the point saw them concede further ground to Manchester City and Liverpool.

He lamented referee Neil Swarbrick’s decision not to award Eden Hazard a penalty when Ryan Bennett swiped wildly at the Belgium forward. Mourinho rushed to his office in the Stamford Bridge tunnel to confirm his initial suspicions that a spot-kick should have been awarded.

Mourinho said: “I saw it in the game, but to confirm I had a quick run to my office and I arrived in time to watch (the replay) and then go back to the dug-out laughing. Why the laughter? Because I can’t cry.”

As for his side drawing a blank, the Chelsea boss added: “Our strikers are good strikers, but are players with some specific qualities.

“They are not the kind of players who in five square metres, with three or four players around, who can get the ball, dribble on, see the space and shoot.

“So when the team is in a difficult situation they are not able to, normally, resolve the situation for us.”

18 comments

  • tonyb

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • You have some of the scoreline correct Brew and I will give you the rest on the 14th. I use this as a test of CanaryWest's credentials. In the meanwhile treat him as an ITFC troll. Mind you he has now had 24 hours to google and research it.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I wont even entertain anyone complaining or questioning why we didnt go for broke? The Chelsea fans who have asked me already are just unhappy we didnt make it easy for them. End of the day I can only echo what Mick Dennis said in that we're not very good an therefore did what Chelsea did at Madrid and against Liverpool. Cant fault Adams at all as it was the best we could hope for. Absorb the CFC pressure and try take our chance when it came. Sadly story of our season we couldnt take our few chances and didnt get any help or luck AGAIN from the ref. If we'd gone for broke the way it was going chelsea would have demolished us leaving us for no hope where as right now if we get ALOT of luck we have hope. On a side note I heard alot of NCFC fans askingsinging for Hooper to come on. Way the game was going he would have made zero difference as like most games under Hughton he would have been stuck at the Half way line (like RVW has been a lot of the time) and he simply does not have the work rate or strength to compete or do damage there. Redmond however provide raw pace, energy, and the work rate that he would hound the tired Chelsea defence. Credit to Neil Adams. To be fair I thought we were doing well against Man U until the penalty and dealt with all they were chucking at us too.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Fagen, I vaguely remember Laurie Sheffield scoring a hat-trick vs Derby in a 3-2 comeback win. The two Derby goals - was that Kevin Hector? Lol Morgan was City`s manager - also a cousin of Laurie Sheffield, I believe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • On Sunday, I went for a pint of faux Belgian Beat-up Biére in the lowcaorl Wubbadaab, normally infested by swarms of equally faux Chewlsea "supporters". One (the "landlord") was alweddy bwaggin` abaat Chelski gaouwin` back on top, so I elected to go on hoom & listen on Radio Partridge. No company is better than bad company, mai saans. Yesterday, I heard the landlord`s lady bitterly rueing the fact that there had been a lot of Norwich supporters in this Chelsea enclave. Infamy!! Naaridge supporters in a Norfolk pub (once owned by Morgans, then by Steward & Patteson). Daring to support their local team. Tut. Ober-Scouser, Stevie G, has shed the obligatory lashings of lachrymal secretion following their collapse against Palace. How dare they actually fight back?? Who did Self-Pity City think they were up against - NCFC? Already, the Bard of Knotty Ash, Doddy, is top of the download charts with a remix of "Tears for Souvenirs", featuring Lily Savage and Gerry Adams & The P!$$takers. Aaah Ccchid.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Good on ya Mark. Pity we didn't see similar commitment from BeWilderwood.

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    Bookface

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • This has to go down as one of the best photographs of all time. I particularly like the way that all the Chelsea fans are grinning. I suspect that what MR is trying to say is something along the lines of, 'And you can shove that one up your b*ttom too old bean.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Blaaff - I think I saw the bloke you refer to coming out of the Glasshouse at lunchtime. Just had an enjoyable hour in Thorns.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I recognised West as a troll about a year ago. Always thought he was an ITFC troll. For his information I saw Neil hundred's of times (season ticket all through the 90's) but have to admit to having only seen the current team twice. Wonder if West was there when Laurie Sheffield made his debut in 1966. If he did he can provide us with the other two goal scorers on the day, no doubt.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • CW, Good for you being able to put names to faces, despite being a very long time season ticket holder I have to say that I would not recognise many of the coaching staff from the club these days as I now only tend to watch first team games. Even then, sitting the opposite side of the ground to the dugout means faces are mere specs so to speak, does that make me a second class fan? I used to regularly watch reserve team football in the past but the club decided it could not afford such a necessity these days. However, considering how little time most employees stay with any club these days, is there any reason to be able to know who is who. I would however always recognise many from the past such as Kenny Brown, Dave Stringer, Robert Fleck, Rosario, Bowen, Culverhouse and so the list goes on but does anybody really care.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Blimey, Tootyfrooty; it`s not often we concur! Pax Canaria. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • For my part, I recognised Mark Robson straight away - not just from his initials, but from the sterling work he did with the late and lovely, Amy Winehouse. ;-) Kanye:- It is it`s. Clogs. Where did you go to charm school? Or any sort of school. I do remember Tommy Bryceland, Mal Lucas, Freddy Sharp, Sandy Kennon, Bill Punton, Errol Crossan, Ron Davies, Kevin Keelan, Dave Stringer, Ron Ashman, Gordon Bolland, Terry Bly, Hugh Curran, David Cross, Laurie Sheffield, John Manning, Joe Mullett, Laurie Brown, Terry Anderson, Martin Peters, Ian Crook, et al, playing - and a few more. I seem to remember Neil Adams, a bit later on. Mark Robson looks like he`s eaten a few too many pies. Get fit for next season, young Mark. Be a role model, not a roll model.... Anyone for a pint of Dullard`s Bitter? Kanye W?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I just thought Jose was incredibly rude not to shake NAs hand after the game. Has anyone noticed how many Chelski fans are not from London thse days? Bit like Manu fans really....glory hunters perhaps?? Anyway, I agree with Mad Brewer with his comments. Im glad we denied Chelski their moment.....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • well jose we have not got a striker who can score!Who is the fat chelski guy,is it jose's minder?

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    tonyb

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • You two are such epic fans. Its Mark Robson the u21reserve coach. Shows how much you know about the club. I bet neither of you have ever seen the current squad play 'live' (in the flesh) have you? I doubt either of you ever actually saw Neil Adams play either. Just a clever cloggs who actually knows nothing about the club and his toadie sidekick.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Brew - on that photo with the article, the Specious one looks almost serene not unlike your hero OGS. I'm not sure who the NCFC bloke is with MR on his chest though. The Crab is coming along on the 14th for the alcoholic lunch.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I will take no great pleasure in seeing the arabian ManC's take the title other than the fact that the Self-pitiers had assumed they had already won it. In fact last week I heard one of those phone in's and the topic of conversation was should a winners medal also be given to Jamie Carragher. Despite the fact he retired a year ago and has played nul games. That did not deter the self pitiers. Why not a medal for Billy Liddell or Tony Hateley.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • What The Specious One wanted was the opportunity to present his club`s greedy, loud-mouthed bunch of philistinic fans with a ritual slaughter. I am proud of Neil Adams, and of our players, for denying them that. Now Moronho can go slither to his sinister, oilygarchical, master and get enough rough Roubles (aka loose change) to buy Chelsea the Title next Season. Assuming ManU, Self-Pity City and The ManCs are not bankrolled even better. All within the letter and spirit of The Financial Fair Play Rules, of course...... and in the best possible taste.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

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