Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was elated with his side’s 1-0 victory over 10-man Everton at Stamford Bridge.
The Premier League leaders left it late to secure all three points on Wednesday evening as Willian struck a superb half volley in the 89th minute, seconds after Nemanja Matic had a goal ruled out for offside.
Mourinho told BT Sport: “It’s beautiful to win in the last minute, and it’s so sad to lose. They have to be very disappointed, they gave us a very difficult match. We are very very happy and we think we deserve it. We fought so hard to try and win the game.
“We risked a lot to try to win. It was a refereeing performance that in my opinion was very good. We had a goal which was fantastically well disallowed by the assistant referee. A great decision.
“Everton changed its DNA, they defend really well and made lots of fouls. What we can call intelligent fouls. But if the referee follows the rules it’s yellow card, yellow card and they paid the price for that. This is not a criticism, but they foul, foul, foul.”
Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez claimed that Chelsea players were trying to influence the referee during the game and that Branislav Ivanovic’s alleged headbutt on James McCarthy must receive punishment.
“If you look at the images, Ivanovic’s behaviour is wrong. That shouldn’t be allowed,” Martinez told ESPN. “He grabs James McCarthy around his neck in a very forceful manner, then he puts his head against him when James McCarthy never reacted one single bit.
“If you want to be on top of the laws that’s a red card. We got nothing out of that moment.”
“It is very clear what the home team are trying to do is influence the referee. Every time there is a challenge, it feels as if the weight of the world is on the referee’s shoulders and he has to act.”