Rodgers ac­cuses Chelsea of park­ing ‘two buses’

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Liver­pool coach Brenda and Chelsea’s coach Mour­inho

Liver­pool were un­able to break through the Blues’ massed de­fen­sive ranks and Demba Ba and Wil­lian cap­i­talised on er­rors to give Jose Mour­inho a fa­mous win

Brendan Rodgers ac­cused Jose Mour­inho of park­ing “two buses” af­ter see­ing his Liver­pool side frus­trated by a trade­mark dis­play of de­fen­sive re­silience from Chelsea at An­field.

Demba Ba cap­i­talised on Steven Ger­rard’s slip on the stroke of half-time to give the vis­i­tors the lead, while Fer­nando Tor­res raced through to set up Wil­lian for an easy sec­ond late on to seal a fa­mous vic­tory.

Much of the match was de­fined by Liver­pool’s in­abil­ity to break through Chelsea’s massed de­fen­sive ranks, and af­ter­wards Rodgers poured scorn on Mour­inho’s ap­proach.

“We just couldn’t find the break­through - there were prob­a­bly two buses parked to­day, never mind one,” he told re­porters.

“Jose has got his re­sult to­day, credit to [Chelsea]. Its the op­po­site of how we want to play. It’s not dif­fi­cult to coach, 10 play­ers in the 18-yard box.”

Mour­inho, how­ever, re­mained bullish about his team’s per­for­mance, in­sist­ing they de­served to win and chal­leng­ing the as­ser­tion that his tac­tics were de­fen­sive.

“The best team won,” he told re­porters. “The team that de­served to win won.

“De­fen­sive dis­play? I am con­fused what the me­dia thinks about de­fen­sive dis­plays. When a team de­fends well you call it de­fen­sive.”

The Chelsea boss also brushed off crit­i­cism that his team looked to waste time and break up Liver­pool’s at­tack­ing rhythm through­out the game.

“Time-wast­ing? What is that?,” he added. “We never spoke about this when we played lots of matches this sea­son. Now we’re speak­ing about it.”

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