Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Thibaut Courtois’ red card proved the turning point in his side’s 2-2 draw with Swansea.
Chelsea had been up 2-1 before Courtois was sent off for bringing down Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, with Gomis scoring the penalty past Asmir Begovic to tie the game.
Mourinho refused to comment on the decision, but admitted it changed the complexion of the game.
“We played very well until we played with 10 men,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “In the first half I think we played with high quality.
“In our game with 10 men we fought hard for a long time. It was not five, 10 minutes, they fought hard.
“I don’t want [to make a comment on the decision]. You [the media] have the cameras, you have the pundits, the specialists, I don’t want to comment.
“We played very well in the first half, the game was under control, the players were playing with more and more confidence. Oscar was playing a lot, Willian as well. The midfield was confident.
“Then after the penalty, red card, goal, everything is different. We fought hard, in some moments we had to defend and fight hard and not to lose the game.
“In other moments of that period with the set-pieces, counter-attack we could have scored a goal. The game was open.”