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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho slams 'crying' Arsenal

Updated: Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 09:24 | Comments

Jose Mourinho goaded Arsenal after his side held them a 0-0 draw
Jose Mourinho goaded Arsenal after his side held them a 0-0 draw

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised Mikel Arteta for overreacting to a John Obi Mikel tackle and taunted Arsenal after extending his unbeaten record over the Gunners in Monday night's 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta was on the receiving end of two ankle-high tackles from Mikel and Ramires, while Arsenal might have had a penalty after Willian's challenge on Theo Walcott in the first half.

Asked about Arsenal's reaction to the decisions which went against the hosts, Mourinho said: "They like to cry, that's tradition.

"I prefer to say that English people - and I give one example, Frank Lampard - would never provoke a situation like that.

"Players from other countries, especially some countries, they have that in their blood.

"Foreign players are bringing lots of good things, but I prefer English blood in football and English blood in these situations is 'come on, let's go'."

Asked specifically about Mikel's tackle, Mourinho insisted it was fair.

He added: "It was a hard one, an aggressive one. Football is for men or for women with fantastic attitude.

"There are other sports without contact and fantastic sports and sports that demand a lot from the players, but no contact.

"Football is a game of contact. English football, winter, water on the pitch, the sliding tackles become at a fantastic speed. So be proud, play with proud."

Chelsea set up defensively in the clash and shackled Arsenal, with the home fans booing the Blues off and labelling Mourinho's men 'boring' at the final whistle.

Responding to the 'boring' chants, Mourinho, who is still to be beaten by Arsene Wenger's Arsenal in 10 attempts, said: "I'd agree. I played against them 10 times and I never lost.

"'Funny, funny Jose'. Ten times, they don't win once. What do you want to call me?"

The Portuguese was content with the result which took his side fourth, two points behind Liverpool, who lead Arsenal on goal difference.

Mourinho added: "Happy with the result? I would say not unhappy. We came to win, we wanted to win, we didn't want to lose. It's very important not to lose, because if we lose we are five points behind the leader.

"And, with a point, we are two points behind both leaders. That's a completely different picture. We tried to win, but we are not unhappy with the point."

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