Mourinho: Courtois red card changed the game

Blues boss refused to express his views on the incident that cost Thibaut Courtois a red card and gave Swansea the opportunity to score the equalizer from the penalty spot on Saturday.

It wasn’t an ideal start of a new campaign for the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea who failed to bag victory against Swansea at home in the season opener. Mourinho’s men started the game strongly but had to settle for a 2–2 draw after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was given marching orders.

“We played very well until we played with 10 men,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “In the first half I think we played with high quality.

“In our game with 10 men we fought hard for a long time. It was not five, 10 minutes, they fought hard.

“I don’t want [to make a comment on the decision]. You [the media] have the cameras, you have the pundits, the specialists, I don’t want to comment.

“We played very well in the first half, the game was under control, the players were playing with more and more confidence. Oscar was playing a lot, Willian as well. The midfield was confident.

“Then after the penalty, red card, goal, everything is different. We fought hard, in some moments we had to defend and fight hard and not to lose the game.

“In other moments of that period with the set-pieces, counter-attack we could have scored a goal. The game was open.”