Chelsea's Sarri slams players for ditching game plan in United draw

Dean Simpson
October 22, 2018

Former Tottenham Hotspur star, Jamie Redknapp, has urged Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho to stop midfielder, Paul Pogba from marking opponents during set-pieces.

Ianni's official title is that of second assistant to Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, but he will now be remembered as the guy who poked a stick at Mourinho and led the Portuguese to chase him down the tunnel at the end of this game.

"Oh come on, I can tell you that the 97 minutes of the game was so good that you have to focus on that", Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about the incident after the game.

"I did not get respect from the Chelsea fans", he said.

After the game manager Jose Mourinho remained tight-lipped over who took responsibility for Rudiger's free header, but said "every player, even with their eyes closed, knows which player is his player" to mark. "Sarri was the first one to come to me and said he would resolve the problem internally". I have made a lot of mistakes in my career, especially when I was young like him.

Antonio Rudiger's first-half goal had been an emblem of the domination as Paul Pogba left the Germany global unchallenged to head home from an easy chance as his side were cruising.

Hazard and Mourinho spent two years together at Stamford Bridge winning both the Premier League and League Cup.

United, who host Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday, showed enough promise to suggest that Mourinho still has the support of his players after weeks of speculation about his future at Old Trafford. United have just kept one clean sheet and have conceded a whopping 16 goals in the opening nine Premier League games this season.

"That is the way we have got to do it, the second half against Newcastle and 60-65 minutes of this game and as long as we play like that I'm sure we will get the result".

"I have spoken to a member of my staff and have dealt with this immediately".

"We controlled the game with possession, trying to create some space to score some goals. My view is I would like to see it more if it was my team celebrating, but I love to see that emotion in football where you see people just lose it - not in a violent way - but in an emotional way". I see him day in and day out, he is some talent.

"It is not my reaction, it is Sarri's assistant", Mourinho told BBC Sport.

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