Mourinho plays down touchline melee after 'awful' Chelsea draw

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A furious scuffle involving Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea coaching staff erupted at the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw between the Blues and Manchester United.

"It is not my reaction, it is Sarri's assistant", Mourinho told BBC Sport. Mourinho's expression says it all. What happened was with Sarri's assistant. For 55 minutes, we saw the football equivalent as Chelsea were coasting at 1-0 up against Manchester United.

"I am not annoyed with anything", Mourinho said. But I also made mistakes in football matches and I will make more so when after the game he [Ianni] came to me to apologise, I accepted his apologies and nothing more to say.

"He was very impolite but Sarri took care of the situation".

"I did not get respect back from Chelsea (fans) but that is not my responsibility".

"We have a player-coach relationship and I hope that we will continue like that and bring Manchester United as much as possible".

Ianni, who came to Chelsea from Napoli with Sarri, twice celebrated in close proximity to Mourinho in the aftermath of substitute Barkley's goal.

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Both managers claimed afterwards that their teams had controlled the game, with Mourinho describing the draw as an "awful result" for him and his players.

"After that his assistant came to me in Sarri's office and apologised to me". "I have dealt with the situation immediately", the Italian said. "I will speak to him again tomorrow".

Mourinho took exception to the celebrations of one of Chelsea's backroom staff, Marco Ianni, who ran in front of the Portuguese on the touchline, as he seemed set for a sweet victory over his old club. "In this type of football, United is better than us".

Two weeks after his United team overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford - a result which may have saved his job - his players nearly performed a similar trick at Chelsea and Mourinho was central to that with his tactics and motivation.

Antonio Rudiger's first-half goal had been an emblem of the domination as Paul Pogba left the Germany global unchallenged to head home from an easy chance as his side were cruising.

"[It was] different because against Newcastle, in the first half we weren't there".

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