Antonio Conte’s Chelsea team delivered a real statement of intent, and ensured Jose Mourinho suffered an embarrassing return to Stamford Bridge, with the Pensioners romping to a 4-0 victory over United.
In recent years Mourinho has enjoyed his time at Stamford Bridge, having won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups during two spells with the Blues.
However, Sunday’s Premier League clash marked Mourinho’s first return to Stamford Bridge since his dismissal last December.
And the 53-year-old had to endure a nightmare start when Pedro opened the scoring after just one minute.
With Mourinho’s game plan undoubtedly out the window from the first minute onwards, it was England international Gary Cahill who inflicted further misery on his former manager, doubling Chelsea’s lead, before second half goals from Eden Hazard and summer signing N’Golo Kante added further gloss to the scoreline.
Jose Mourinho spoke to Sky Sports (via the BBC) following the match about his discontent with his sides defending:
“It started badly after a few seconds. We are close to the 1-1 and after another defensive mistake and it is 2-1. You come with a strategy, you can not concede a goal in the way we did. We were coming to have an offensive approach, we wanted to create chances, we showed that after the 1-0. The second and the third were counter-attack goals.
“If we score a goal like we almost did for the 2-1 the game would be different. It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing.
“We made incredible defensive mistakes, individual mistakes and you pay for that. In terms of points, we got zero points, we lose three points. We are six points from the top, three from the top four, we now need to win matches.
“We need to win our matches now, which are not easy, we need to win to close that gap, after these last three matches, we made two out of nine, we now need points. It was fine, I was not expecting anything different here. The crowd behaved in a normal way.”
Sunday’s emphatic 4-0 win sees Chelsea move into fourth place in the table, just one point behind league leaders Manchester City, in what is turning out to be an exciting Premier League season.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena