Manchester United reached the EFL Cup final against Southampton, who exiled Liverpool from the competition, and United’s 17 match unbeaten run in all competition comes to an end.
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United Manager, is not accepted the defeat against Hull City (2-1) on their Second-leg of the semi-final.
Hull City’s first goal came from a controversial penalty awarded by the referee for Marcos Rojo’s push on box.
Mourinho refused to comment about referee’s decision and praised their side for their performance against the improved team Hull City.
It reflected on post-match interview of Mourinho to the Sky. He finished his comments within 30 seconds and concluded the interview.
Mourinho’s post match interview text, which is last for 30 seconds: “I just want to say congratulations to my players, it was difficult road to the final,” he said. “I’m calm, I behaved on the bench, no more sending offs, no more words.”
Portuguese Manager faced a match ban and fined £40,000 for his misbehavior against referee Jonathan Moss, while his manager period in Chelsea.
He also praised Hull City manager Marco Silva: “I told you in the beginning, and you maybe didn’t believe me, this boy is a very good manager.”
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Few of his comments after the match against Hull City: “I think 18 matches unbeaten is amazing,”
“We didn’t lose. It was 1-1. I only saw two goals. I saw Paul Pogba’s goal and their goal was a fantastic goal, a great action. It was a great cross, and the guy coming in at the far post. 1-1.”
He stated about the controversial penalty goal : “I don’t want to speak about the penalty, but I don’t want also to speak about the performance because to speak about the performance again I have to say the game was in the pocket, the game was under control, and something happened to open the game.”
Hull City vs Chelsea preview :
Jose Mourinho’s side faces Hull City in the upcoming game on Saturday. Chelsea, a strong team with quality midfielders and defenders but has been struggling on the goal scoring end. The club’s strikers, Torres, Demba Ba, and Eto’o have only scored a total of seven goals so far this season. Currently sitting third in the league, Chelsea is three points behind the league leaders Arsenal.
Blues will travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull City hoping to earn a solid victory against them. Hull City is currently ranked 10th with 23 points. The Blues have the likes of Oscar, Hazard and Willian, who are in impressive form at the moment.
Hull City hasn’t disappointed with their recent home with a 6-0 win against Fulham which is their biggest win in the premier league so far.
Hull City will be without the services of their defender Paul McShane who is suffering from an ankle injury. Winger Sone Aluko (Achilles) and Fryatt (Hamstring) will also be unable to make it to the team list.
Chelsea has Branislav Ivanovic and their midfield maestro Frank Lampard in the injured list. They will also travel without midfielder Marco Van Ginkel and Ryan Bertnard.
The last time Hull City won against Chelsea was a 3-0 victory in 1988. Blues won the home fixture which was the opening match of the current season and will therefore travel with only 3 points to gain as their top aim.
It was a scoring debut for the Denmark International and Mezut Ozil scores once again to keep Arsenal four points clear at the top of the table. Arsenal kept 67% possession and smashed twenty shots towards McGregor.
Nicklas Bendtner started the scoring for Arsenal in the first minute with a fine cross delivered by Carl Jenkinson and the forward placing a header in the left corner leaving no chance for the Tiger’s goalkeeper. Mezut Ozil scored the second goal for the gunners, 46, by getting along with Ramsey down the left channel.
Hull city could not replicate the standards from their Liverpool win last week and remains in the second half of the table .
Tiger’s boss Steve Bruce: “The one thing you want to do is start well and they have scored a wonderful goal, we’ve been done on a one-two in a wide area, but it’s wonderful. Arsenal is confident enough and then when they go 1-0 up early on it becomes a difficult evening for us.
“I was delighted to get back into the game but lo and behold we did the same thing in the second half but later on we rolled our sleeves up otherwise it could have been embarrassing.”
Meanwhile, Wenger’s team secured their fourth consecutive home win as the former Real Madrid forward continues to impress the fans with his style of play.
Arsenal coach, Wenger, has asked his team to give attention towards the upcoming fixture against Hull City this Wednesday , rather than talking about the their title winning chances.
The Former Arsenal midfielder insists his players not to get carried away by their top position in the Premier League flight.
He added “It’s a bit early to make any prediction on the championship. What is important is to be at our best in the next game; I don’t see beyond that” .
Even though beating Liverpool at Cardiff city, the Gunners manager expects a tough encounter this Wednesday against the Steve Bruce’s Tigers. “Hull has done very well on set-pieces and they have nothing to lose when they come to us.”
Arsenal sit on top of the table with four points clear of Chelsea, chasing their first Premier League since 2004.