Date:Tuesday October 22 2013
Cardiff City's tactics have come under fire from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho who felt the Bluebirds went too far in slowing the game down at restarts - though his reaction presumably has more to do with his banishment to the stands and subsequent FA charge. As with any such situation, it's up to the referee to manage and City will make no apologies for trying to get something from the game by whatever means.
Mourinho and his staff analysed the footage after the game and had particular issues with City goalkeeper David Marshall - who was booked for time-wasting during the second half.
Mourinho told Sky Sports:
'Even with space, he took 30 seconds. The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball, correct? They had almost half a minute. That's breaking the rules. We played our game, a difficult game, and we deserved to win.'
'If I was in that game and I was paying for a ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took an average of 21.5 seconds.'
'That is a waste of money. You pay for your ticket and every time the game stops you have to wait about half a minute?'
In fairness, he has a point, but you can be 100% sure Jose would feel differently had the roles been reversed! It can be hugely frustrating when sides, obviously under instruction, persistently delay the game and referees seem to take no action. However, City were acting within the rules of the game in this instance, players feigning injury at key moments etc is far worse than a goalkeeper waiting before restarting play. Jose does like his little rant though, gotta love the guy!
Date:Tuesday October 22 2013
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