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Scolari in ref rage as Chelsea crash against Arsenal

Luiz Felipe Scolari launched a scathing attack on referee Mike Dean and his officials after Chelsea's 2-1 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday.

Scolari was furious that Robin van Persie wasn't given offside when he ran clear to score Arsenal's equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

That proved to be the turning point as van Persie scored again three minutes later to hand Chelsea only their second loss in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea struggled to build up any momentum for long periods but Blues boss Scolari claimed Dean and his linesmen played a key role in the defeat.

“Chelsea and the referee (were responsible for the defeat) because Arsenal scored the first goal one metre in front of our players and in the first half the same linesman gave (Salomon) Kalou offside when it was not,” said the Blues boss.

“It is important to speak to the people about this. If we play and the referee gives two things against my team sometimes it is difficult to win.

“Ok I make mistakes but we needed a man to come to Stamford Bridge as a referee for both sides, not for one side.”

For the third time this season, Chelsea were unable to beat one of their main title rivals at home.

After drawing with Manchester United and losing to Liverpool and now Arsenal, Scolari is becoming concerned with Chelsea's lack of cutting edge.

“It's our problem in the last three games. We score one goal but only have one or two good chances. We don't shoot in or outside the area. We don't build enough play,” he said.

While Scolari was left to count the cost of a lacklustre display, Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's victory could give a vital boost to his players' morale after a rocky period.

Arsenal are now seven points behind Chelsea and Wenger said: “We are still not close enough but we can gain belief. We have beaten Man Utd and Chelsea. That shows we have potential.

“To come here and win is fantastic for the team. We had chances and they had very few. We had the quality and we were on top in the second half,” Wenger said.

“We have fantastic character in this side. We have now to be humble and come back and work hard.

“We were 1-0 down and still won the game. There is no better test of character.”

Van Persie, reportedly one of the players William Gallas was most unhappy about during his recent rant against his team-mates, couldn't have picked a better moment to score his first goals in five matches.

But the Dutch striker insisted the team deserved all the credit. “It is not my day, it is the team's day. It was a big win,” he said.

In the last 20 minutes we showed a lot of character and discipline so the whole squad deserve big compliments.

“Playing against Chelsea on their ground, when you go 1-0 down you know it is going to be really difficult. To come back says it all.

“If you win a game like that it gives you a lot of confidence and that is what we need at the moment.”

Sun 30 Nov, 2008
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  1. The problem with Chelsea FC is that they are all very bad losers – from their successive coaches to players – to their fans. For every loss, they must have someone to blame. It’s ridiculous for Felipe Scolari to blame the referee for Arsenal’s equaliser because Chelsea have benefited immensely from similar situations in the past.During Jose Mourinho days, players like John Terry, Ricardo Calvalho, Didier Drogba etc. scored some funny goals on their way to winning the Premier League, FA and Carling Cups. But the UEFA referees weren’t fooled owing to why Mourinho and his boys couldn’t scale the Liverpool hurdle, no matter how hard they tried. Those days, if Terry and Calvalho weren’t impeding opposing keepers during corner or free kicks, Drogba was diving to get crucial penalties, controlling the ball with his fist before scoring or scoring from the offside position. Mourinho always defended such acts by telling whoever cared to listen that a goal’s a goal (as far as the referee allowed it). He’d also go on to say that what mattered in every match was the almighty three points. It took the outcries of men like Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez for referees to rise to the occassion in check-mating Terry and co. I’ve always maintained that the Chelsea foundation is faulty in that a team that do not have a youth development programme, and are (year in year out) desperate to win all the trophies available in England, Europe etc., will always get their fingers burnt at the end of the day.

  2. Chibueze Ogbuagu from Nigeria says:

    A goal is a goal! Arsenal scored two goals while Chelsea could not score any goal (except the single own goal caused by Djourou). And for the second time in the same season Stamford Bridge has fallen again! Blue a fan as I am, I think it serves Chelsea management (Mr. Abramovich per se) right since they say they want ‘entertaining football’ which is why they sacked the best coach Chelsea can ever have, Jose Mourinho. Now Chelsea is playing entertaining football and losing matches. Did you see all the substitutions Scolari made? Senseless to me, all of them. Before long, Chelsea may suffer more embarrassing losses and even that at Stamford Bridge! With due respect to my fellow Chelsea fans, I predict that Chelsea may not win any trophy this season. The present squad/coach are just too predictable compared to the unpredictable Chelsea of two or three seasons ago.

  3. ViVa_RoNaLdO says:

    Well said Chris. We all know chelsea are sorelosers.

  4. Chinedu John says:

    The problem with chelsea is that they put more resources into their away games than their home games. They still think that they are still under Mourinho or Grant when the bridge was still a fortress. Those days are gone what with the defeats they suffered against liverpool and arsenal. I think Scolari should even prepare more for their home games than their away games because they tend to be carefree at home.

  5. Awe says:

    Chelseafc under scolari cannot handle big club

  6. My problem is about d kid of formatiom Scolari is playing i dont know y he refuse to peair Drogba & Anelka, he need to play an attacking fotball to get more goals. Chelsea need more goals to keep on wit d tittle rase.. Nija

  7. ajie anthony says:

    i love the blue for life

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