Maurizio Sarri admits Chelsea in wrong while José Mourinho accepts apology

Lynette Rowe
October 21, 2018

Manchester United emerged undefeated at Stamford Bridge for the first time in Jose Mourinho's four visits to his old club, but Chelsea were the more grateful of the two sides for a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

ManU coach Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri, right, shake hands after the 2-2 draw in their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The respective footage has emerged on the Twitter account Sky Sports Premier League.

However, the club feel that leaving his seat and celebrating the goal in front of United's bench was hugely regrettable and not what they expect from a member of the backroom team.

And after accepting Ianni's postmatch apology, Mourinho admitted that he could not bear a grudge against the 36-year-old considering his own actions in the past. After the final whistle he held up three fingers to signify the number of league titles he won across two spells at Stamford Bridge.

"I understood that we were in the wrong side of the situation", Sarri told BBC sport.

"I did not get respect from the Chelsea fans", he said. "I have dealt with the situation immediately", the Italian said. "But that is not up to me".

This was, in the second half at least, much more like it from United, as Anthony Martial proved his quality, Juan Mata pulled the strings and Paul Pogba strived to make amends for his awful switch-off at Willian's corner that allowed Antonio Rudiger a free header for Chelsea's first goal.

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"I have a certain level of education, socially and in sport, and what I did here today I would do in Madrid, Porto, Milan, I try to behave always the same way".

"That is the way we have got to do it, the second half against Newcastle and 60-65 minutes of this game and as long as we play like that I'm sure we will get the result".

Pogba also impressed in this game - minus the aforementioned defensive mistake - as did Luke Shaw, less than 48 hours after confirmation of his new five-year contract.

All of the players listed above have had their issues with Mourinho, but they were suddenly delivering against a big team, and while Mourinho still has to win over many of his stars, this performance suggested that it may finally be coming together.

Mourinho conceded that he was upset at the way in which Ianni celebrated in front of him.

Rashford is also preventing Martial from getting game time.

What happened? Substitute Ross Barkley was well placed to score Chelsea's equaliser in the 96th minute.

Then again, just imagine how Mourinho would have reacted had United claimed victory. That will have to wait for now, though.

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