Chelsea hosted Merseyside side Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday evening and grabbed a late goal to take all three points from the crucial encounter as they held on to their seven point lead on top of the table.
Willian got the only goal of the game in the 89th minute when he slotted the ball into the back of the net, from outside the penalty area after it was deflected off Steven Naismith.
The match-winning goal came just moments after Gareth Barry was sent off for his second yellow card. But what became the highlight of the match was Branislav Ivanovic attempting what looked like a headbutt and was also suggested in some media outlets as a bite, on James McCarthy.
Martinez was naturally annoyed with the lack of punishment given to the Serb and said, “If you look at the images Ivanovic’s behaviour is wrong. That shouldn’t be allowed. 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.”
Martinez added, “If you want to analyse that action (when it leads to the goal) it’s even more hurtful.The performance didn’t deserve to end up with a negative result. We produced probably the two best chances in the game. Petr Cech’s reflexes were the difference.”
When Mourinho was questioned on the matter, the Portuguese threatened to walk out of the press conference. The Chelsea boss has been in constant tussle with the FA after talking about a “clear campaign against Chelsea” and showing his displeasure at Diego Costa’s ban for stamping Liverpool’s Emre Can by boycotting the media.
I’m concerned with my reaction, because one more question (and) I leave,” he said at his post-match press conference.
“And after that you are not happy. The next question for that story I have to go.
“I’m tired of stories and I’m never tired of football. Football is emotion and what we had here today. A discussion because of a red card, a red card that should be given in the first half, because Barry should be sent off in the first half. He pulled Hazard. The second yellow card should be given there. I think it’s a clear penalty. I also think the referee had a fantastic performance. The official that disallowed the goal, it was a fantastic decision.”
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