Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho on Sunday returned to Stamford Bridge for the big Premier League clash involving his side, Manchester United. However, the end results was 1-0 in favour of the hosts Chelsea as Alvaro Morata’s first goal since September gave the home side the crucial three points.
With Sunday’s win, Chelsea moved to fourth position in the league table while narrowing the gap with the leader Manchester City. After 11 games, Manchester City have 31 points while Chelsea, the current Champion, have now accumulated 22 points in the same number of games.
It was also Mourinho’s third straight loss at Stamford Bridge since he became United manager after leaving Chelsea. This was another disappointing return to Stamford Bridge for Mourinho, who lost 4-0 against his former club in the Premier League last season and was also on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat in an FA Cup quarter-final.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who refused to shake hands with Mourinho, said, “”It’s not important. It’s important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch not outside the pitch. It’s an important victory. When you play against Manchester United it’s always a massive game. We know very well this team is very strong. This type of win is important for our confidence. We showed great desire and passion to win this kind of game.
“We can win or lose but our spirit must be this. Last season our spirit was in every game – we started this season with a lot of problems. We were up and down. This game showed if we want, we can.”
Mourinho, for his part, said, “It was an even match. Both teams could win. The first to score would be in more defensive control and to win the match. The first half was really even. In the second half in the only period where they were on top of the game, they scored.
“It frustrates us to concede a goal in this situation. We lost ourselves after the goal emotionally. We found again the balance and desire in the last 15 to 20 minutes. It was all us. We had big chances to equalise but we couldn’t.”