Chelsea boss ramps up pressure on match officials once again with new comments on Nemanja Matic suspension.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho remains unimpressed by Nemanja Matic’s two match suspension for reacting to a poor tackle from Burnley star Ashley Barnes, stating that English football’s reputation will not remain if justice isn’t served in such instances.
“I have worked in so many different countries and I know what the Premier League – what English football – means in every country,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by CaughtOffside.
“The dimension of the Premier League: not just the audiences and the millions of people who watch, but the feeling and envy they have for English football… the respect and credibility.
“For example, in a very important newspaper in my country, after the Burnley game the headline was: ‘We thought this was only possible in Portugal, never in England,'” Mourinho said.
“The depth of this message, you understand? This is something English football cannot lose. The credibility in which English football is held has taken a long time to build and will take a long time to lose.
“But, step by step, people are affected. These words were not just in Portugal. They were everywhere. We must take care of our football. I’m not English but I have worked here a long time and I have to believe it belongs to me.”
“For example, you lose credibility when a player like Matic is suspended, and another player [Barnes] can play this weekend. I don’t think you can have any doubt that all around the world people open their mouths with surprise at how this can be possible.”