Filed: Sunday, 4th May 2014
By: Staff Writer
Sam Allardyce has criticised Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for failing to beat relegation favourites Norwich City today and all but conceding the Premier League title to either Manchester City or Liverpool.
Big Sam, who masterminded West Ham's 2-0 win over neighbours Tottenham at the Boleyn Ground yesterday was speaking after this afternoon's match between the Blues and the Canaries which ended in a goalless draw.
The result and resulting solitary point effectively ends Chelsea's hopes of a trophy this season - whilst virtually condemning City to the drop.
And Allardyce - who Mourinho claimed was responsible for playing "19th century football" following the goalless draw between West Ham and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January - was delighted at the opportunity to have a dig at his old adversary.
"Jose [Mourinho] played open expansive football with Mata, Oscar and Hazard - and kept losing. It's a simple as that," said Allardyce this afternoon. "He should have won the Premier League this year. He more than anybody else has thrown the League away."
Speaking in reply to Mourinho's comments back in January, Big Sam retorted: "He can't take it because we've tactically outwitted him. I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football. It's brilliant when you get a result against him."
Chelsea's opponents today, Norwich City remain in 18th place despite taking an unexpected point at Stamford Bridge. The Canaries must now win at home to Arsenal next Sunday and hope that Sunderland lose both of their remaining matches if they are to avoid the drop.
Cardiff and Fulham were relegated yesterday following their defeats against Newcastle and Stoke respectively.
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