Chelsea hu­mil­i­ate Man U, Mour­inho

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AP): WHEN JOSÉ Mour­inho and Pep Guardi­ola meet in their sec­ond Manchester derby on Wed­nes­day, they’ll now have some­thing in com­mon. Both have pre­pared with hu­mil­i­at­ing 4-0 losses on their re­turn to for­mer clubs.

Af­ter Guardi­ola’s Cham­pi­ons League em­bar­rass­ment at Barcelona with Manchester City last Wed­nes­day, Mour­inho saw his Manchester United side bru­tally taken apart by Chelsea in the English Pre­mier League yes­ter­day.

Be­fore United’s col­lapse at Stam­ford Bridge, City ex­pe­ri­enced another of their Pre­mier League set­backs with a 1-1 home draw to Southamp­ton.

One of ei­ther teams’ tro­phy quests will end on Wed­nes­day when City and United meet in the League Cup.

The Pre­mier League is the pri­or­ity, though, and City are top of the stand­ings on goal dif­fer­ence de­spite their set­back, while United are six points back in sev­enth.

HOPES DASHED

Any hope Mour­inho had of this game be­ing a con­test ended af­ter 30 sec­onds.

A spec­u­la­tive long ball from Mar­cus Alonso drifted past hes­i­tat­ing de­fend­ers Da­ley Blind and Chris Smalling and landed at Pe­dro Ro­dríguez’s feet. United goal­keeper David de Gea was al­ready com­mit­ted far from his goal line at the edge of the penalty area, and Pe­dro nipped around him and put the ball in the net.

It was another mis­take by Smalling that al­lowed Chelsea to ex­tend their lead in the 21st. A Chelsea cor­ner was flicked on at the near post by United’s An­to­nio Va­len­cia, then hit team­mate An­der Her­rera be­fore the lethar­gic Smalling al­lowed Cahill to evade him, and the Chelsea de­fender net­ted via Blind’s back.

Eden Haz­ard started the in­ci­sive move that ended with a third goal just af­ter the hour. N’Golo Kanté then squared to Ne­manja Matic, who re­turned the ball for Haz­ard to turn Smalling be­fore dis­patch­ing the ball into the cor­ner of the net.

There was worse to come for Mour­inho in the 70th. Pe­dro, who started the rout, set up Kanté to com­plete it. Kanté waltzed through United’s brit­tle de­fence with ease, go­ing past Smalling – who else? – be­fore slot­ting be­yond de Gea.

An­to­nio Conte was savour­ing such an em­phatic score that lifted Chelsea to fourth, with ex­u­ber­ant cel­e­bra­tions next to Mour­inho.

Mour­inho, who was fired by Chelsea for a sec­ond time last year, was in­censed by the con­duct of his per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor.

“You shouldn’t cel­e­brate like that when it’s 4-0,” Mour­inho re­port­edly told Conte af­ter the game in com­ments picked up from tele­vi­sion footage by Ital­ian me­dia. “You can do so at 1-0, oth­er­wise it’s hu­mil­i­at­ing for us.”

Nei­ther man­ager dis­puted the ac­count, but Conte de­fended his con­duct.

“If we want to cut emo­tion, then we can stay at home and change our job,” Conte said.

Mour­inho, mean­while, de­clared him­self “de­lighted” with ev­ery­thing apart from the “mis­takes”.

MAN CITY 1, SOUTHAMP­TON 1

John Stones’ at­tempt to pass to Vin­cent Kom­pany, in­stead, man­aged to set up Nathan Red­mond for Southamp­ton’s opener in the 27th minute.

City only had their first shot on tar­get 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, al­though Kelechi Iheana­cho did make the most of it by equal­is­ing.

“I know when you start (at a new club), it is al­ways dif­fi­cult,” said Guardi­ola, who be­gan work at City in July. “We start quite well. Now, in that mo­ment, we are not in that rhythm we had be­fore. We didn’t have 90 bad, bad min­utes, but when we are not per­fect, we con­cede a lot.”

The pair put on 93, a part­ner­ship which fur­ther de­mor­alised West Indies be­fore the out­stand­ing Shan­non Gabriel broke the stand when he had the 20-yearold As­lam caught at the wicket by Shai Hope. He was ini­tially ad­judged not out, but the de­ci­sion was over­turned on re­view. The left-han­der faced 111 balls and stroked five fours.

Azhar, mean­while, who has, so far, hit two fours in an in­nings re­quir­ing 102 de­liv­er­ies, en­joyed a slice of luck when he was given lbw to part-time off­spin­ner Kraigg Brath­waite on 10, af­ter missing a sweep.

How­ever, a sub­se­quent re­view showed the ball had struck the glove first and the

de­ci­sion was over­turned.

The dam­age had been done ear­lier when West Indies failed to pro­duce any­thing of worth with the bat, los­ing their last six wick­ets for the ad­di­tion of 118 runs.

Cap­tain Ja­son Holder ham­mered an un­beaten 31, Ros­ton Chase got 22, and night­watch­man Deven­dra Bishoo, 20, but the big in­nings re­quired never ma­te­ri­alised.

Leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah picked up another three wick­ets to end with best fig­ures of four for 86, while left-arm seamer Ra­hat Ali claimed three for 45 and pacer So­hail Khan, two for 35.

FRAN­COIS NEL/GETTY IM­AGES COUR­TESY OF WICB

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