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‘They like to cry’ – Mourinho slams Arsenal

The Chelsea boss is unhappy with the Gunners after last night’s 0-0 Premier League draw.

Mourinho during last night's 0-0 draw.
Mourinho during last night's 0-0 draw.
Image: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images

JOSE MOURINHO ACCUSED Arsenal of “crying” about decisions that went against them after Chelsea bullied their way to a fiery 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Mourinho’s side subjected Arsenal to some ferocious challenges as they hassled the Gunners out of their stride in Monday’s bruising London derby.

John Obi Mikel was fortunate to avoid a red card after the Chelsea midfielder crunched into Mikel Arteta, while Arsenal also complained they should have had a penalty for Willian’s challenge on Theo Walcott.

There were several other bone-jarring tackles that left Arsenal players writhing in agony, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger seething on the touchline.

But Chelsea manager Mourinho refused to apologise for his team’s no-holds-barred approach and instead took the opportunity to get one more dig in on old rival Wenger and his players.

“They like to cry, that’s tradition,” Mourinho said.

“I prefer to say that English people — and I give one example, (Chelsea’s) Frank Lampard — would never provoke a situation like that.

“Players from other countries, especially some countries, they have that in their blood.

“I prefer English blood in football and English blood in these situations is ‘come on, let’s go.’”

Asked about Mikel following through into Arteta’s shin, Mourinho insisted it was a fair challenge.

It was a hard one, an aggressive one. Football is for men, or for women with fantastic attitude!” Mourinho said.

“Football is a game of contact. English football, winter, water on the pitch, the sliding tackles become at a fantastic speed. So be proud, play with pride.”

As well as having to contend with Chelsea’s aggressive tactics, Arsenal were also trapped in Mourinho’s tactical straitjacket.

The Portuguese coach has never lost to Wenger in 10 meetings and this rarely looked like being the first defeat as his 4-5-1 formation stifled the life out of an already anxious Arsenal.

Arsenal’s frustrated fans responded by chanting “boring Chelsea” at the final whistle.

Responding to the terrace jibes, Mourinho said sarcastically: “I’d agree. I played against them 10 times and I never lost.

“‘Funny, funny Jose.’ 10 times, they don’t win once. What do you want to call me?”

- © AFP, 2013

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