As he assessed our 3-1 defeat against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho said he felt the game changed as a consequence of Lucas avoiding a second-half dismissal.
The Blues had taken an early lead courtesy of a Ramires header, but two goals from Philippe Coutinho – the first of which came two minutes and 35 seconds into what was supposed to be two minutes of added time at the end of the first half – put the visitors in front, before substitute Christian Benteke added a third late on.
The major talking point, however, came in the 66th minute when Lucas, who was already on a yellow card, fouled Ramires but was given only a warning, rather than a second yellow.
When asked for his thoughts on the game, Mourinho responded: ‘No. I’d like to listen more than being questioned.’
He was then asked if he felt Lucas should have been sent off.
‘What do you think?’ he replied. ‘I’m punished if I tell you. You are not punished. What are you afraid of?’
The Blues boss couldn’t fault the effort of his players
‘There are things that are out of our hands. The players tried. You could feel, and not just because we scored in the first couple of minutes, the attitude, desire. It was 50-50 despite the fact we were winning 1-0. There were two minutes of added time (in the first half) and we conceded the goal after two minutes and 35 seconds.
‘What happened in the second half was a consequence of crucial moments, moments that the stadium saw, and more than just see it, the players felt it. From then what happened was just a consequence.’
The manager, who said he doesn’t think it was his last game in charge, felt his side showed they are still playing for him
‘I have no doubt. If you saw some individual performance below a normal level there were not many, a maximum of a couple. Even those ones suffered because they were not able to do more. The team is together.’
Mourinho was pleased with the way in which the fans showed their support for him
‘I take comfort but what feeds me is not just the support of the fans, but the recognition of our work, and that is by getting results. I have some players really sad in the dressing room and I’m full of respect for them.
‘We see match after match that as professionals they are not getting the respect they deserve. We are not going to have a great Saturday dinner, our families have the same feelings as us, and I’m really sorry about the lack of respect for professionals.
‘I will go home to a sad family and try to watch the rugby, disconnect from this and start preparing training for tomorrow morning and the game on Wednesday.’