Arsenal 'boring', not Chelsea, says Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that Arsenal were more deserving of the "boring" epithet after his team closed on the Premier League title with a 0-0 draw on Sunday.sports Updated: Apr 27, 2015 01:25 IST
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that Arsenal were more deserving of the "boring" epithet after his team closed on the Premier League title with a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
Chelsea's last seven league wins have come by a single-goal margin and they were taunted with chants of 'Boring, boring Chelsea!' as the clock wound down at the Emirates Stadium.
But with Chelsea now six points from the title, which Arsene Wenger's Arsenal have not won since 2004, Mourinho said the home fans' ire had been directed at the wrong side.
"Boring I think is 10 years without a title," he said. "That's very boring. You support the club and you're waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, so that's very boring."
Warming to his theme, the Chelsea manager — who won two league titles in his first stint at Stamford Bridge — suggested Wenger had given up on winning the game by withdrawing striker Olivier Giroud with six minutes to play.
"Maybe they (the Arsenal fans) aren't singing to us," he said.
"Maybe, when you want to win a game and you're at home and you take the number nine off, maybe the home fans want to see (Danny) Welbeck and Giroud up front.
"We had a very good experience. The boring team is the team with the second-highest goals in the Premier League, the team with the best goal difference.
"Only (Manchester) City have scored more goals than us."
Chelsea had three penalty appeals turned down in the first half and Arsenal one, but it was the hosts who came closest in the second period, with Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla shooting wide.
Nacho Monreal also delivered a dangerous ball into the box in stoppage time, but neither Mesut Ozil not substitute Welbeck could turn it in.
The result left Arsenal 10 points below Chelsea in third place, below City on goal difference but with a game in hand, and Wenger conceded that nothing would stop Mourinho claiming the title now.
"We did enough to win the game today and Chelsea defended well," he said.
"In the first half we had the right intensity. We dropped that in the second half and came back into the right level for the last 20 minutes.
"In fact, when we finished the game off, we did have a great chance in the final minute of the game. But they came to defend well, and they did that well, and everybody knows that."
He added: "Chelsea will be champions. We know that. It is impossible to lose it now."
First Published: Apr 27, 2015 01:21 IST