PRAGUE: Jose Mourinho was back into conspiracy theories in the wake of Chelsea’s penalties defeat by Bayern Munich in the European Super in Prague on Friday.
His old nemesis, Pep Guardiola, enjoyed another victory over Mourinho after Bayern twice came from behind to 10-man Chelsea with a 5-4 shootout success after substitute Romelu Lukaku saw his effort saved by Manuel Neuer.
Mourinho was upset by the dismissal of Ramires for a second yellow card and made his feelings about referee Jonas Eriksson.
Afterwards he said: “If you are in love with football, you don’t kill a final with a second yellow card like this. There were many other yellow cards during the match that the referee didn’t give. If you ask me in pure terms, rule by rule, yes it was a second yellow card. But you don’t do every action in that way.
“In English football, with English referees, with people who love the game and who love to communicate with the players and who love to coach the players, a good English referee stops the game, tells Ramires: ‘Look, you’ve not hurt anyone, but you mustn’t do that again’.
“Or tell the Bayern players: ‘Don’t dive. Don’t try and provoke. Play a fair game’. And the game would be 11 against 11. But it’s nothing new for me.”
Mourinho recalled: “At Chelsea before I played two or three times with 10 men against Barcelona. I went to Inter and played a Champions League semi-final, one hour, with 10 men against Barcelona.
“I go to Real Madrid, I played again a Champions League semi-final with 10 men. I came back to Chelsea and played a Super Cup final with 10 men again. Go to analyse the actions and make your conclusions. I’m unlucky. Just that.”
Second yellow card
Chelsea thought they had handed Mourinho a first trophy of his second spell as boss when Eden Hazard netted in extra time after Franck Ribery had cancelled out Fernando Torres’ opener.
The dismissal of Ramires for a second bookable offence left the Blues exposed and Javi Martinez tucked in with the final kick of an astonishing game, forcing penalties.
The 2012 European Cup final between the sides had been decided on spot-kicks in Chelsea’s favour and on this occasion, shooting towards the boisterous Bayern end, Lukaku’s soft kick handed victory to the Germans.
Mourinho added: “I’m disappointed. In my opinion the best team lost. The team that deserved to win more lost. But that happens in football.”
There had also been personal pride at stake for former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss Mourinho, who had won three of his 15 encounters with Guardiola’s Barcelona. The Spaniard remains his nemesis and, not surprisingly, had a contrasting view of the enthralling encounter.
“It’s his opinion,” said Guardiola, when informed of Mourinho’s thought that the best team lost. “It’s normal, he can say that his team deserved better than what happened.
“I have too my opinion and my opinion after what we have played, we have our behaviour, we have played so, so well; with the ball, without the ball. We have played unbelievably good football. The best team won today. We had so many opportunities to score.”
Guardiola declined to wade into the debate over Ramires’ dismissal, the second booking coming for a challenge on Mario Gotze.
He said: “It’s a question for the referee, not for me. I am a coach. I put players on the field and I try to play as best as possible for us. The ref is not a question for me. I never speak about referees.”