Chelsea was denied a clear penalty tonight in the first half when Cesc Fabregas was fouled in the box, and speaking to BT Sport after the game Mourinho criticised match’s referee Damir Skomina:
“The referee was weak and naive – a big penalty.”
Mourinho’s comment was a clear reference to what Arsene Wenger said about Mike Dean after the Arsenal defeat at Stamford Bridge: the French manager was not punished for these declarations, while Mourinho got a suspension from the FA to say that referees are afraid to take decisions in favour of Chelsea.
“I keep not understanding, what the goal referee does. Because [he] doesn’t make a clear decision. When the result is zero-zero and such a penalty is not given it’s a crucial moment of the game.
“We hit the post twice, we had a great occasion by Matic, we had a solid defensive performance against a dangerous team. To lose this game would have been really bad for us.
“[It was] a good solid performance, second clean sheet, everybody fighting for each other.
“Once more a game without luck, because with a bit of luck you win this game. It’s okay. We have the destiny in our hands. We play two matches at home and one in Israel. So the qualification depends on us.”