Chelsea opened the door for the chasing pack with a shock defeat at Aston Villa last week, but they were back to their sizzling best at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues were two goals to the good through Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle before Arsenal had Kieran Gibbs sent off in a case of mistaken identity, as it should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who saw red for handball.
Mourinho wants more technology for refs. "The sending-off is big ammunition for people like me who think one little screen can help."— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) March 22, 2014
Eden Hazard tucked away the penalty and rather than taking things easy, Chelsea kept their foot on the gas and further goals from Oscar (two) and Mohamed Salah completed the rout.
Mourinho was at his prickly best in the lead-up to the game, which was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th in charge of the Gunners. He said at a press conference on Friday, as per The Telegraph:
I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it's not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot.
He was in no mood to offer the olive branch after the game, as per Sky Sports, he said:
We had 10 amazing minutes and with that you can win the game and show everybody that you won't give a chance to any opponent.
I was so happy with the approach, we came to kill and in 10 minutes we destroyed them.
After that first 10 minutes, the job was easy. We pressed them high and well and attacked the space very quickly.
We got the result with some numbers which are special for our fans, which makes it even more beautiful.
Last Saturday (in the defeat at Aston Villa) the momentum was broken, and now we are trying to build more momentum.
Man City have everything in their hands, Liverpool have everything in their hands.
Nobody plays Champions League from the top four, they have just the Premier League matches to play and we have at least two big Champions League matches to play in between.