Mourinho kept his emotions in check for most of the afternoon as returned again to the club where enjoyed success still under pressure at Manchester United - but then it all boiled over in that super-charged finish.
Gary Lineker took to social media to praise Ross Barkley after the midfielder netted Chelsea FC's equaliser in their thrilling 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Saturday. As a result of the Blues remaining undefeated in league play, assistant Marco Ianni celebrated with a fist pump in Mourinho's face.
After initially being held back from chasing the Chelsea staffer down the tunnel, Mourinho sat calmly back down on his seat - no doubt still fuming inside. If you say before the game that one point at Stamford Bridge is a good result, it is so hard to win here but after the game with the way the game was it is an bad result for us and a phenomenal result for them. 'I spoke with my staff and then agreed to speak to Mourinho and say sorry.
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"No, I'm not annoyed with anything", he said. "It happened with me [in 2014-15] and Antonio [Conte, in 2016-17], and this season he is the best player until now and Chelsea is top of the league because he is the kind who can make a huge difference".
Chelsea were the better team in the first half and got a lead when Anthony Rudiger converted in from a corner during the 21st minute of the match. Ianni also found Mourinho to give his apology, which Mourinho accepted.
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"The manager told me to help the team win the game".
City's latest masterclass, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, brought manager Pep Guardiola as much delight as seeing Kevin De Bruyne back in action from the bench after his injury layoff.
"I have spoken to a member of my staff and have dealt with this immediately". Maurizio saw and said he would take care of it internally and to accept his apology, which I did.
Nonetheless, Mourinho has been no stranger to criticising his own team and again appeared to damn his players with faint praise when asked why they have been unable to replicate the second-half performance against Newcastle over 90 minutes. In the second half we managed to transform that on occasions in goals, in ambition, in free-flow play with good intensity, good passing, good quality.
"To win this league you've got to have four or five players chipping in with lots of goals".
"I think they're going to be a near miss", he said on Sky Sports.
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