.Defends Mikel, As Ill-Tempered Clash Ends Goalless –
Jose Mourinho has branded Arsenal cry babies following an ill-tempered goalless draw in their EPL match at the Emirates Stadium Monday night.
Arsene Wenger was upset his side were denied a penalty after Willian appeared to trip Theo Walcott in the box, while John Mikel Obi escaped a red card for catching Mikel Arteta’s ankle in a bruising clash.
The result means Liverpool top the Barclays Premier League at Christmas for the first time since 2008, with Arsenal second on goal difference after leading for three months and Chelsea fourth.
But Mourinho, who maintained his unbeaten record against the Gunners, blasted Arsenal.
“You know, they like to cry”, said the Chelsea boss. “That’s tradition. But I prefer to say, and I was telling it to the fourth official, that English people; Frank Lampard, for example would never provoke a situation like that. Players from other countries, especially some countries, have that in their blood.
“If you have contact or the opponent was aggressive, let’s go, keep going, this is English football. Foreign players are bringing lots of good things. They come here because they are talented, but I prefer English blood in football.
“English blood in this situation is: “Come on, let’s go. The Mikel tackle is a hard and aggressive one. Football is for men or for women with fantastic attitude”, Mourinho added.