Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Has Fallen

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Amid shameful scenes of chaotic violence, Chelsea surrendered their realistic chance of the title.

Their 77-match unbeaten home League record under Jose Mourinho, and a painful slice of their self-respect.
They stumbled away from Stamford Bridge, aware that the consequences could be both costly and brutal.  

The ugliest incidents erupted in the last few moments of the game, shortly after referee Mike Dean had awarded Sunderland a mildly controversial but ultimately match-winning penalty.
Rui Faria, Chelsea’s assistant coach, repeatedly tried to attack the referee, as Mourinho clutched first his arm and then a handful of his dark hair in his frantic attempts to restrain his fellow Portuguese.

The award of a marginal penalty so late in the game sparked anger on the Chelsea bench and Mourinho had to restrain assistant coach Rui Faria, who was seeking to confront referee Mike Dean.

Faria was sent to the stands to watch the final stages as the match - and quite possibly Chelsea's chances of winning the league - fizzled out.

Rui Faria is restrained by Jose Mourinho
Faria is restrained with Mourinho in the background before being hustled away by Chelsea staff

Jose Mourinho's Premier League record at Stamford Bridge

Player Games Wins Draws Losses Win percentage
        First spell      60     46    14     0            77%
        Second spell      18    15     2     1            83%
        Total      78    61     16     1            78%


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