Two tired London teams set to share the spoils on New Year’s Day
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims there is a vendetta against his team after Cesc Fabregas was tripped in the area at St Mary’s only to be shown a yellow card for simulation.
While one feels sorry for the Spaniard on that occasion, some of his team-mates have been going down too easily this term and the bottom line is that the Blues are not convincing away from home in the Premier League this term.
They have won just 50% of their away matches this season and have to be opposed at a short price here, with Mourinho likely to rotate his squad after the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.
In his news conference after that particular game, Mourinho said: “There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don’t know why there is this campaign and I do not care.
“Everybody knows it was a penalty. The referee made a mistake, people make mistakes and he made a big mistake. He is a good referee and a good guy, he is young, he has years and years of football ahead of him but it is a big mistake.
“After the game against West Ham, Sam is speaking about Branislav Ivanovic [diving], what is this? Then, you come here [Southampton] and you have a crucial decision and the referee makes the wrong decision. He made a mistake. He assumed it.
“Out of nothing, Allardyce starts speaking about Chelsea players diving, then another coach and another coach. The referee changes a penalty for a yellow card.
“[The] same happened with Diego Costa in the game against Burnley. That I can’t understand. The reality is there are penalties and penalties – this one was a huge one. Match after match coaches are telling Chelsea players are diving. I will go to the referee and wish him a good year and tell him he will be ashamed.”
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