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  • By Paul Lagan

Sarri: We made a mistake and apologised to Mourinho

Maurizio Sarri. Photo by Paul Lagan

Maurizio Sarri has admitted the club made an error when one of his staff raced across to Jose Mourinho and taunted the bench when Ross Barkley snatched a late, dramatic equaliser this afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

Second assistant coach Marco Ianni jumped for joy after substitute Barkley smashed home a 96th minute goal to make it 2-2 after the Blues, who went 1-0 up looked like to be heading for a defeat as Anthony Martial turned the match around for the visitors with a brace.

But Mourinho reacted by leaping from his seat as he attempted to race down the tunnel after the coach.

He was restrained by security staff before returning to his seat.

Sarri said: “I spoke with Jose after and realised we were wrong. I spoke with my staff, and then agreed to speak to Mourinho and say sorry. Now I think it’s finished. We made a mistake. We were in the wrong on the situation.”

Chelsea will look into the issue as will the FA but Sarri said of any immediate punishment for his Italian coach: “ I don't know at the moment, I want to speak to him in the game, but I have that situation immediately. So of course, I have to speak I want to be sure he understands it was a big mistake.”

Sarri said of the match: “I want to play for three points. For 60 minutes we played our football. Then after it was 1-1, we didn’t play our football, only the long ball, we are not organised for second ball.

“In this type of football, United is better than us. I am really disappointed in this type of performance. The 2-2 in the last minutes is okay, okay for confidence of my players, but I have to look at something else. I have seen the match on the bench, and now I want to study the second half of the match.

“We stopped playing our football, and played another football, with the long ball.

“We are not organised like this. I don’t want the long ball, I don’t want the second ball. I want to play with short passes.”

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