Paul Lambert and Jose Mourinho Post-Match Reaction from Aston Villa vs. Chelsea

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, right, and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert speak during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Saturday, March 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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In a game that threatened to never catch fire, an eventful second half saw Aston Villa record a shock 1-0 victory over nine-man Chelsea at Villa Park after Willian and Ramires were dismissed for the visitors.

Midfielder Fabian Delph flicked home the only goal of the game with 82 minutes on the clock, giving Chelsea's title rivals Manchester City the advantage in a thrilling race for the top spot.

If there's one thing that all of us can look forward to when Chelsea lose, it's manager Jose Mourinho's post-match interview. I'm thrilled to say that he didn't disappoint this evening.

The tone for the interview was set when Mourinho answered an initial question about the result with the following: "The result? 1-0 to Aston Villa."

Mourinho was sent to the stands following Ramires' red card in the 90th minute and was clearly still feeling bitter towards referee Chris Foy throughout his interview. He said to Sky Sports:

If I speak I'm in big trouble, and I don't want to be in big trouble, and if I speak I'm accused of bringing the game into disreputeThe referees do what they do, they do and they go home, they do and they don't go to the press, they refuse even to exchange a couple of words when one person, like me who has been in football for so long, asks politely, 'Can you speak with me for five seconds?' and it's 'No, I don't speak with you for five seconds'.

It's a big week for Chelsea.

Their UEFA Champions League round of 16, second leg clash with Galatasaray takes place on Tuesday, and Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Mourinho needs to move on quickly and keep his razor-sharp focus on the title mission. 

"We have to put it behind us," he said. "There is no other solution."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was in a much more spirited mood after seeing his side defeat the champions-elect, and told Sky Sports:

I've been here nearly two seasons and we've had some big moments in big games, but that's the best one we've had. It was a fantastic all-round team performance, let alone anything else. I thought we were well worth it, I really did. We were up against a team that not long ago won the Champions League, is vying to win the Premier League this year and is vying to win the Champions League again. It was an extraordinary effort. I didn't think we were inferior and I thought we were well worthy of winning it.

Lambert celebrates with goalscorer Fabian Delph
Lambert celebrates with goalscorer Fabian DelphChris Brunskill/Getty Images

Lambert has a valid point. Chelsea simply didn't get going, and when Blues' midfielder Willian was sent off for his second bookable offence after 68 minutes, the game always looked as if it would slip through Chelsea's fingers. 

Aston Villa are up to 10th in the table and Chelsea's position at the top is looking somewhat vulnerable with Manchester City now able to go above the Blues on points if they win their remaining games in hand.

It wasn't a classic Mourinho team performance in the end, but it was definitely a classic Mourinho post-match interview.


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