Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has labelled Premier League rivals Arsenal ‘boring’ after securing a 0-0 draw at the Emirates on Monday.
In the eyes of many pundits, Mourinho set a defensive stall for the heavyweight clash of London rivals, earning the ire of the home crowd who sent out the chant of ‘Boring, boring Chelsea’.
But Mourinho responded by claiming that it was the Gunners who failed to entertain their own fans.
“I think boring is a team that plays at home and cannot score a goal. That's boring,” Mourinho said.
“If somebody was boring, they were boring because (Chelsea goalkeeper) Petr Cech made zero saves.
“You go to your stadium and you fill your stadium, in weather like we had on Monday, to see victories. There is not a home fan in any club in the world who goes to the stadium and expects his team not to win.”
And despite not in the position of romping away with the title like he did in his first spell with Chelsea, Mourinho said he was enjoying the close contest of this season’s title fight.
“I enjoyed it more in 2005 and 2006,” he said. “But for me it is fantastic. The pressure is there. I have told the players they have, some of them, to learn how to cope with this situation. Because they have to learn.
“For me it is not a problem. For some of the guys it is not a problem. But for them, now, they have to learn how to express themselves on the pitch in this situation.
“When you are 20 points behind the leader, you can play at home one day and win 6-0. But what does that mean? It means nothing.
“What means something is when you are fighting for the title, play a fantastic match and score the winning goal.
“That is the way, especially young players, grow up quickly. They have to grow and I think I'm the right guy to teach them how to cope with this situation because it's a situation I enjoy.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.