Twitter Reacts as Jose Mourinho Addresses Ugly Touchline Scenes After Late Chelsea Leveller

?Jose Mourinho revealed that Maurizio Sarri apologised to him following some unsavoury scenes on the touchline, as Chelsea secured a later equaliser during the ?2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Substitute Ross Barkley came off the bench to score a 96th-minute leveller and preserve ?Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season, although the celebrations of Sarri’s backroom staff visibly irked Mourinho, most notably assistant coach Marco Ianni. 

The Man Utd boss responded angrily to the apparent provocation, leading to both benches needing to be separated while the game to be briefly halted.

Asked about the incident post-match on Sky Sports, as quoted by ?The Mirror, Mourinho suggested the matter was now settled, claiming Sarri had apologised on behalf of his team.

He said: “I’m not annoyed with anything.  

“Sarri said he would solve the problem with his assistant internally and he then came to me and apologised and I said if he really meant it then okay, I accept.”

Mourinho also confirmed via the ?BBC that Ianni had also apologised for his actions.

With late action both on and off the pitch at Stamford Bridge, Twitter went wild with the explosive scenes…


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?United had turned the tie around following Antonio Rudiger’s first half header and a brace from Anthony Martial in the second period looked to have secured the Red Devils all three points before Barkley’s late equaliser. 

See here for our ?full match report.

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Chelsea Boss Maurizio Sarri Hits Back at Andreas Christensen Following Transfer Ultimatum

?Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has refused to take interest in the comments made by Andreas Christensen’s father which suggested the defender will push for a transfer should he remain on the periphery at Stamford Bridge.

Christensen, 22, has been overlooked by Sarri in the centre of defence in favour of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz in the Premier League so far, ensuring the Dane has featured only in the Europa League and Carabao Cup. 

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It is a stark contrast to his time under Antonio Conte at ?Chelsea after racking up over 2,000 minutes of league action, and the defender has seemingly had enough after his ?agent and father, Sten, put a January move on the table should he continue to be omitted from the starting lineup

Sarri, however, refused to add fuel to the fire when asked about the comments made as he said, via the ?Express: “I am not interested in the father. What can I say?

“I think in the first part of the season, David [Luiz] and Antonio [Rudiger] have played very well, so it’s not easy to change.

“I think also in our last six matches, Christensen has played in three. So I think for his father, probably the Europa League is not important, but for us it is important.

“He is young, he can improve. He is a technical player so is suitable for our way of football,” he added.

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The 22-year-old was a member of the matchday squad for Chelsea’s opening five ?Premier League games before being cut adrift for their last four.

Christensen – whose current contract runs until 2022 – joined Chelsea in 2012 primarily as a member of the club’s academy before making his senior debut in October 2014 during a League Cup tie.

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Chelsea 2-2 Man Utd: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Barkley Strikes Late to Seal a Draw at the Bridge

A dramatic late equaliser from Ross Barkley maintained Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season after securing a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

An evenly contested opening to proceedings gave little in the way of clear cut chances for either team at a sun laden Stamford Bridge. 

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But ?Chelsea needed just one opening to land themselves in front on the 20 minute mark after Antonio Rüdiger lost Paul Pogba at a corner kick to power the ball into the net.

However, while Chelsea had the rub of the green in the first half it was all ?United in the second, as a brace from Anthony Martial looked to have handed the Red Devils a memorable comeback victory, before Barkley pulled one back in the dying stages. 

Check out our breakdown of the game below: 


CHELSEA

Key Talking Point

Chelsea have had very few tests at the start of the season, and although United appeared there for the taking prior to the game, the Red Devils forced the Blues into a corner.

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The home side looked to have the game under control in the first half and then fell away in the second as United piled on the pressure, causing a host of poor decisions to be made across the park from the hosts. 

Although Maurizio Sarri’s side walked away with a point, it will prove a valuable lesson in managing games moving forward, as they continue to adjust to the demands of their new brand of football. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Kepa (6), Azpilicueta (6), Luiz (6), Rudiger (7), Alonso (6), Jorginho (7), Kante (6), Kovacic (6), Willian (6), Morata (5), Hazard (7).

Substitutes: Barkley (7), Pedro (6), Giroud (N/A). 


STAR MAN – Ross Barkley was in the right place at the right time and capitalised on chaos in the six yard box to maintain his side’s unbeaten start to the season; an impact substitution if there ever was one. 

WORST PLAYER – Álvaro Morata coasted through the encounter and failed to make an impact. The Spaniard lacked the instinct and desire to capitalise on the runs made from midfield and as the focal point of the attack he struggled to be an effective outlet. 


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MANCHESTER UNITED

Key Talking Point

Despite Jose Mourhino sides being typically revered for their defensive organisation, this current United side are an exception to the rule, and with the talent they possess in the forward half, it does not come as a surprise. 

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The Red Devils came alive after the break, playing on the front foot, which has to be the way forward for them this season considering their struggles to settle on a first choice back four. 

It was akin to the Newcastle game, United came into life when under the cosh and were forced to press the oppositions midfield – and, again, it paid off. They have talent in abundance and despite the late equaliser, it should still come as a confidence boost moving forward. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: De Gea (6), Young (6), Lindelof (6), Smalling (6), Shaw (6), Pogba (6), Matic (6), Mata (6), Rashford (6), Lukaku (5), Martial (8*) 

Substitutes: Herrera (6), Pereira (6), Sanchez (6). 


STAR MAN – Who else but Anthony Martial? The Frenchman came into his own in the second half and thrived as United swarmed forward and piled the pressure on the Blues.

Despite suggestions of a lack of confidence, his two instinctive finishes were something to behold. 



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WORST PLAYER – Romelu Lukaku had little chance to shine for much of the game, but the Belgium international takes the fall this time round.

An improved second half saw him feature more prominently, but the striker collected just nine touches in the opening half and failed to make his presence known when the Red Devils were struggling. 


Looking Ahead

Chelsea will now turn their attention to the Europa League with Bate Borisov making the trip to Stamford Bridge on Thursday before a return to Premier League action takes them to Turf Moor to meet Burnley.

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United, meanwhile, face a stern test in the Champions League with Juventus heading to Old Trafford, where Everton await the following Sunday.

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Maurizio Sarri Turns to £90m Serie A Star as Potential Alternative to Misfiring Alvaro Morata

?Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is believed to have grown frustrated with Alvaro Morata’s struggles in front of goal, and will look to the Serie A to sign a new top striker in the coming months.

Inter’s Mauro Icardi and AC Milan’s Patrick Cutrone appear to be high on his wish list.

Morata has endured an incredibly challenging few years in London. His Chelsea career began in impressive form, netting nine goals in his opening 14 matches. Unfortunately, the goals dried up after just a few months and Morata has looked completely devoid of confidence for the best part of a year, frustrating the majority of fans.

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News of Sarri’s frustrations towards ?Morata comes from ?The Sun, who claim that the Italian will target ?Inter’s ?Icardi during the upcoming January transfer window – as he seeks to add another reliable goalscorer to partner ?Eden Hazard.

The report claims ?Chelsea have already enquired about Icardi, but have been quoted a price tag of £90m. The Blues will attempt to negotiate a deal for the 25-year-old, but are lining up Cutrone as a possible alternative if they are unable to sign the Argentinian.

Icardi is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world and has five goals in his opening eight matches this season. However, Chelsea are reluctant to meet Inter’s financial demands, and are prepared to rival ?Tottenham Hotspur for ?Milan’s Cutrone, who would likely cost just £25m.

Both are viewed as more reliable options than Morata, who has just nine goals in his last 35 matches for Chelsea. The club have been desperate to give Morata the chance to prove himself as a reliable option in attack, but he has consistently failed to impress.

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The club opted to sign ?Olivier Giroud from rivals ?Arsenal, but the 32-year-old was never viewed as a long-term solution to Chelsea’s goalscoring woes. 

Former manager Antonio Conte’s clash with ?Diego Costa in 2017 is viewed as a huge mistake by fans, who have seen their club struggle in front of goal ever since the Spaniard’s departure.

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Andreas Christensen Ready to Force January Exit From Chelsea Unless First Team Action Increases

Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen will hand in a transfer request unless he starts playing games more regularly by Christmas.

The Dane is said to be unhappy after featuring only three times this season – twice in the Europa League and once in the Carabao Cup. He has failed to play a single minute of Premier League football since Maurizio Sarri took over – in stark contrast to the 2,067 minutes he played under previous manager Antonio Conte.

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With the situation looking bleak, it appears Christensen is ready to force through a January exit – with his agent and father Sten telling a Danish radio station (via The Telegraph) that his son will seek a permanent move away unless things change.

“If his situation doesn’t change around Christmas, we’ll obviously schedule a chat with Chelsea and say, ‘okay, what can we do for Andreas? Can we move him?’”

“For me it’s not a loan again. Either it’s Chelsea or else he needs to leave. I don’t think a loan is the optimal situation for Andreas. It’s sort of either or.

“I think, unfortunately, Chelsea have too many players who just go out on loan if [the club] isn’t going to use them and I don’t think Andreas should get caught in that. I’m of the conviction that we’ll attempt to move Andreas in the winter time [if he’s not playing]. Around Christmas, something else needs to happen.”

Christensen’s exile coincides with Blues boss Sarri’s decision to restore David Luiz to the team this season, despite the Brazilian being frozen out of the first-team picture last season.

His reintegration, along with the switching of formation to a back four, has seemingly cut Christensen out of the equation completely – meaning the Dane will potentially have a decision to make come the end of the year.

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