Medicos prove a hazard for Chelsea manager
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho found a new target for his criticism after his team was lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw at home against Swansea to kick off its English Premier League title defence.
Mourinho (pictured), who signed a four-year contract extension with the Blues less than 24 hours prior to the game, was furious his medical staff ran on to the ground to treat star player Eden Hazard late in the second half, when his team was already a man down after keeper Thibaut Courtois had been sent off.
If a player receives treatment on the field, they have to leave the field, and Chelsea was briefly down to nine men against a charging Swansea.
"I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive," Mourinho told Sky Sports.
"Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game.
"You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired."
In other results on opening day, Man United escaped with a 1-0 win against Tottenham on manager Louis van Gaal's 64th birthday, thanks to an own goal by Kyle Walker.
"Yes, I am 64,"' the Dutchman said with a smile afterwards. "The Beatles wrote a song about it and, if you listen to the words, then all my wishes are fulfilled."
If those wishes were to open with a win, they certainly were.
But if he wanted signs the campaign would bring more joy than last season's trophy-less effort, well, the jury was definitely still out on that.
One manager who was ecstatic with his team's performance was new Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, all smiles after the Foxes downed Sunderland 4-2.
The Italian, who hasn't had a job in the EPL since he was sacked by Chelsea in 2003, only took over last month after the club axed manager Nigel Pearson.
SCORES: Man United 1 Tottenham 0; Chelsea 2 Swansea 2; Everton 2 Watford 2; Bournemouth 0 Aston Villa 1; Norwich 1 Crystal Palace 3. Played overnight: Arsenal v West Ham, Newcastle v Southampton, Stoke v Liverpool. Tomorrow morning: West Brom v Manchester City.