Jose Mourinho claims relegation-threatened Norwich “didn’t play to win” as Chelsea’s fading title hopes were dealt a huge blow by a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.
With Norwich three points off safety before kick-off and 17th-place Sunderland still holding a game in hand after Sunday’s match, Mourinho was left confused by Neil Adams’ defensive tactics.
“It was quite a day. We had one team that needed three points to have a chance to survive but didn’t play to win, and a team that needed a point to finish third and guarantee a Champions League group stage place that played to win,” Mourinho said.
Mourinho, who was accused of “parking two buses” by Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers in Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Anfield last weekend, admitted he expected Norwich to attack and felt his side deserved all three points.
“Norwich’s gameplan surprised me,” he added.
“We were waiting for a crazy game, especially in the second half, where they would gamble everything, but it didn’t happen, but we don’t have a right to criticise.
“The team in the second half was much much better. David gave us more intensity as did Eden Hazard. We should have won, but football is about goals.
“We tried everything but at the end of the day we knew we had no chance of being champions. It is no trophy for us, but it was important to finish third.”