Jamie Redknapp has come forward to defend Jose Mourinho following his heated reaction after Chelsea’s late equalizer against Manchester United at the Stamford Bridge.
Ross Barkley scored in the dying minutes to salvage a point for the home side which initiated wild celebration at the stadium. One of the assistants of Maurizio Sarri, Marco Ianni deliberately celebrated in front of the visiting team manager which prompted Mourinho to intervene in the matter.
The Portuguese had to be cooled down by the players, stewards and the support staffs and later also Sarri and the assistant apologized for his behaviour.
Redknapp said, “I get it, a little bit. He’s goaded by the assistant, and there’s no need to get involved there. He’s tried to get a rise out of Jose, and sometimes frustration does get the better of you.
“You’ve just conceded a last-minute equaliser, it hurts. I don’t always stick up for him, or feel he conducts himself in the right way, but I get it.
“There’s passion involved, it’s high-stakes, he’s under enormous pressure, it’s not ideal when you see a manager react like that, but it’s why we love football.
“When you see a last-minute equaliser like that, and the crowd erupts. It’s not ideal, but I thought it was a fantastic game.”