Jose Mourinho: Why I gave Chelsea players the silent treatment
Jose Mourinho reveals that he left his players to stew after Chelsea's shock loss to Bradford City
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he “didn’t say a word” to his Chelsea team following their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Bradford City on Saturday.
The Blues squandered a two-goal lead at Stamford Bridge as they slumped to a 4-2 defeat by the League One side in west London.
And Mourinho, who described himself as “ashamed” by the result, says that he felt it unnecessary to speak to his players after the surprise loss.
Mourinho left his players to stew afterwards, saying “not a word” to them. “It was not the moment to speak with them,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by ESPN.
The defeat came after the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final last week.
The west London side host the Reds at Stamford Bridge in the return leg on Tuesday night ahead of their Premier League showdown with Manchester City next weekend.
Mourinho also suggested that complacency could have been to blame for Saturday’s defeat.
“The way they arrived to the 2-0 looked quite comfortable,” he said. “But the goal they scored minute 40-something brought them into the game. After that there are things difficult to explain. Goals we miss, goals we concede.
“At half-time we spoke about the danger of the situation. We spoke about the way they play. We repeated at half-time what we spoke about in the preparation.
“We prepared for the game the same way we prepare for a Premier League game. We respected them, or at least I respected them, in the way we prepared the game.
“But probably at half-time the players thought ‘in the second half we’re going to score, not them’. When they scored the [goal to make it] 2-2, after that the game became crazy.”