Jose Mourinh praised his team’s spirit after the controversial 2-2 draw with Swansea City, saying that the first half perormance was very good and that a draw was not a bad result having played with 10 players for the bulk of the second half.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said this:
“We played well until we had ten men. The first half was high quality and with ten men we fought hard for a long time, not five or ten minutes.”
On the decision to send off Thibaus Courtois, Mourinho refused to be drawn.
“I don’t make (a comment), I’ll ask you to do that, to do that, you have the cameras, the pundits and the specialists so you do that and I don’t.”
“We played very well in the first half and the game was under control. The players were playing with more and more confidence.
“The team was playing really well and but even you are playing well you are at risk. But then penalty, red card, goal and after that everything is different and so we fought hard.
“There were moments when we had to defend and fight hard to not lose the game and in other moments we felt we could score a goal so the game was open for both sides.
“When you play 35 minutes with one player less at the start of the season it is difficult, so under the circumstances I have nothing to say against my players.”
Mourinho claimed to be unhappy with his medical staff who ran on the pitch to treat a player, leaving the team with only nine in the last few minutes.
“I was unhappy with my medical staff, you haved to undestand the game even if you are a kit man or a secretary, and when you go to assist a player you mist be sure he needs it. They left me 8 outfield players.”