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Chelsea manager Mourinho was unimpressed with the attitude of some Arsenal players after the 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, reports Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was unhappy with a John Obi Mikel challenge on Mikel Arteta during the game, but Mourinho dismissed the complaint:
You know they (Arsenal) like to cry. That’s a tradition.
The tackle on Arteta was a hard and aggressive one. But football is for men — or for women with fantastic attitude.
There are other sports without physical contact and I respect those sports. But football is a game of contact.
English football, winter, water on the pitch, sliding tackles at fantastic speed... be proud. Play with pride.
Foreign players bring a lot of good things to the English game. They come here because they are talented.
But I prefer English blood in football and I told the fourth official that English people would never provoke a situation like that.
Because English blood in this situation is ‘come on, let’s go’. So I think the referee did well. He had a very good game.
Meanwhile, The Sun (subscription required) reports that Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin is in talks with Chelsea over a proposed transfer.
John Cross of the Daily Mirror claims the Blues could raid Benfica for winger Lazar Markovic and midfielder Nemanja Matic.