Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho pulled no punches on a variety of topics during a surprise interview on Sunday.
The Chelsea manager saw his Premier League leaders held 0-0 by rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a match shrouded in controversy.
Mourinho felt his side deserved to be awarded two penalties and slammed the decision to not send off Wayne Rooney for his reaction to a challenge from Matic, who appeared to be a bit late with a challenge on the Manchester United striker
ON MANCHESTER UNITED DRAW
"What can I say that everybody doesn't know? There are things in matches where there is space for discussion and different explanations and points of view. There are actions where there is only one point of view.
"It is what it is. I think if you say it in a way where you go over the line with your comments, I think it's understandable but if you just say what is obvious, without attacking the integrity of the people, if you're just honest and objective in your comments then it shouldn't be a problem.
"At half-time, United should be playing with 10 men and Chelsea should have two penalties. Normally, we win 2-0 or - let's put in the possibility of missing one of the penalties - we win 1-0 and play against 10 men. The reality is that in the end, we played against 1 men and dropped two points.
"The arm [Wayne Rooney's] came swinging in a backward motion, you could see he lined up Matic and was very precise in the way he done it, referee Atkinson 'apparently' didn't see it, but the whole stadium did, please explain how that happens?
"For me, it's a red card everywhere.
"The best players in the world can make mistakes. They miss penalties. They lash out in frustration. This gentlemen is one of the top referees in European football. He can also make mistakes. He made important mistakes yesterday.
"I know to be a referee is so difficult. Sometimes I referee in the training session and I ask for assistance. But there are situations that are not open to interpretation."
ON REFEREE MARTIN ATKINSON
"Yes, I spoke to the referee. Mr Atkinson told me he didn’t have the chance to see it on TV. He was in the dressing room and didn’t have the chance to see it. I asked him if he’d had any contact by phone with family, with friends or with referees to get some feedback and he said: 'No, not at all'.
"And he said any one of the four incidents I spoke about with him he didn’t see. Or he saw what he decided. So for him there was no reason for a card.” therefore the game went on 11v11
ON NINE-POINT GAP
"If you're asking me about the nine points difference I would say, if we're in a normal situation where mistakes are part of the game at this point, we are talking about the points at Villa, the points at Hull and we would be 15 points ahead."
ON PETR CECH
"We letting him go for different reasons. First of all, I think the motivation Petr has to play in the first team, has outweighed his love for the club, so I understand what he wants and what he needs
"Secondly, we open the door for him to choose his future and we thought he'd go to try somewhere different, maybe come back after a couple of years to do what he wants. We would have found a new department for him! What he did for Chelsea for more than one decade was something amazing.
[he's one of the best players I've managed]. A goalkeeper is the most pressured position in football, one mistake and it haunts you for a lifetime, but luckily Petr made minimal mistakes and the fans will remember him for all the good hes done for the club, on and off the pitch.
ON ARSENE WENGER
"He has a dream job that we'd all love to have. I think every manager in the world would like the stability by being here year after year after year, to buy to sell and rebuild and wait and wait for success."
ON THE REST OF THE SEASON
We've had a great start to the season thus far and only lost two matches, which should have won, No disrespect to Hull or Villa, but they are teams we should be beating.
If our record against Manchester United, City, Arsenal and Liverpool continue, which currently sits a 5 wins and a draw, we'll win the Premier League by April, and no one will get in our away of another title