Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Manchester United tried to get into the minds of Chelsea players with their consistent fouling and kicking of Chelsea players and he revealed Manchester United learnt that from Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea magician Eden Hazard was fouled 4 times in just 26 minutes in the first half of the clash between Chelsea and Manchester United.
“They made a lot of fouls and they were very hard,” Courtois said after Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
“This was in the style of Mourinho but I think that Ander Herrera paid the price for his team-mate because Phil Jones made a fifth foul on Eden Hazard and then Herrera made another foul on him seconds later.
“Then the referee must give a yellow card and, unfortunately for Herrera, he already had one.
“United tried to get into our minds, with the fouling and kicking to try to destabilise us. The mind-games they tried to play, they get that from Mourinho.
“That’s what they did and I think they tried to defend well. In the beginning we could see how they were playing and we have players with football intelligence who can handle that.
“We didn’t fall for their trap. We played our game and did it our way, as we have been doing for six months or so. We did it well; unfortunately we couldn’t find another goal and finish it earlier, but I think it is good to go to Wembley and the mission is to go to the final and win it.”
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2017