FA Cup: How Mourinho’s mind game backfired – Courtois

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Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has said that Jose Mourinho, employed both mind-games and dirty tactics against Chelsea on Monday at Stamford Bridge as Manchester United were dumped out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win.

Midfielder, Ander Herrera was sent off for a second bookable offence in the first half of the encounter, and the Belgium goalkeeper said that Manchester United paid the price for Mourinho’s approach to the game.

The 24-year-old Belgium first choice shot stopper believes that United played “in the style of Mourinho” during the clash.

He told reporters, “They made a lot of fouls and they were very hard.

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“This was in the style of Mourinho but I think that Ander Herrera paid the price for his team-mates because I think Phil Jones made a fifth foul on Eden Hazard and then Herrera made another foul on him seconds later.

“Then the referee must give a yellow card and, unfortunately for Herrera, he already had one.

“United tried to get into our minds, with the fouling and kicking to try to destabilise us. They are the mind-games that they tried to play – they get that from their manager.

“We didn’t fall into their trap, we played our game and did it our way – as we have been doing for six months or so. We did it well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find another goal and finish it earlier, but I think it is good to go to Wembley and the mission is to go to the final and win it.”

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“We didn’t know before hand about United’s aggression.


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