Measured Mourinho wins battle of the bosses against Burnley

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

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Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

JOSE Mourinho allowed himself the briefest of fist pumps, then calmly turned and retreated to his bench.

He had just witnessed brilliance, but perhaps that was what he always expected from this Chelsea team.

In an instant the visitors had put this game beyond Burnley, despite the Clarets’ impressive start.

Oscar to Ivanovic, Ivanovic to Fabregas, Fabregas to Schurrle, goal.

The speed with which the move was carried out was something to behold. Just too good.

Schurrle’s last competitive game had been when he won the World Cup final at the Maracana.

He was no less effective in the Turf Moor rain. This was not a night when Mourinho was particularly animated.

There was no charge down the touchline or finger-pointing dash across the pitch.

Just a calm knowledge that the team he has expensively assembled could be something really special.

Defeat was no disgrace for Burnley.

Chelsea fans chanted Mourinho’s name before kick-off, only to be drowned out by home supporters chanting ‘Ginger Mourinho’ in honour of their own boss Sean Dyche.

The pair embraced warmly pitchside.

There was applause from the home crowd for returning former Claret Gary Cahill, and a deafening roar to greet the announcement of each and every one of the Burnley line-up.

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Fans in the Jimmy McIlroy Stand displayed cards spelling out the message ‘Our Turf, BFC’.

Mourinho – smartly dressed as ever in a dark grey coat – stood stunned as his £200m team went behind to Scott Arfield’s vicious volley.

He was somewhat relieved when Diego Costa levelled just two minutes later, allowing himself to briefly punch the air.

There was little more than quiet approval when Schurrle added the sumptuous second, before Ivanovic made it 3-1.

Clarets fans made their support clear at half time, applauding their team off.

They were still proud. So proud.

There were cheers to greet the vanishing spray early in the second half, as it was used for the first time at Turf Moor.

The noise started to come from the visiting fans late on, buoyed by the return of Didier Drogba from the bench. ‘Jose Mourinho!’ the Chelsea supporters sung.

The Ginger Mourinho, working with a fraction of the budget at Turf Moor, had been defeated.

The celebrations may not have been grandiose, but the Special One headed for the M65 a contented man.

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4:36pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Summed up Jose's night very well....
Summed up Jose's night very well.... Its Only a game boy
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6:07pm Tue 19 Aug 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Newsflash, Usain Bolt has just beaten Stephen Hawkins in the 100 metres.
Newsflash, Usain Bolt has just beaten Stephen Hawkins in the 100 metres. TurfMoorTom
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11:32pm Tue 19 Aug 14

AnotherPounding4Burnley says...

Dyche out Pulis in. Sick of watching second raters on show at the turf
Dyche out Pulis in. Sick of watching second raters on show at the turf AnotherPounding4Burnley
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8:41am Wed 20 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

‘Mourhino wins battle of the bosses’. And what do you think the score might have been had the roles been reversed and Mourhino was Burnley boss?
‘Mourhino wins battle of the bosses’. And what do you think the score might have been had the roles been reversed and Mourhino was Burnley boss? tall in the saddle
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8:43am Wed 20 Aug 14

tall in the saddle says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Newsflash, Usain Bolt has just beaten Stephen Hawkins in the 100 metres.
Just another pounding for Blackburn last night. Funny. Will be really funny when the Venky’s exit ….very soon.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Newsflash, Usain Bolt has just beaten Stephen Hawkins in the 100 metres.[/p][/quote]Just another pounding for Blackburn last night. Funny. Will be really funny when the Venky’s exit ….very soon. tall in the saddle
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9:26am Wed 20 Aug 14

yyy's1 says...

Just checking to see if any Burnley fans are on the Burnley page, there must be a hundred of them on the Blackburn one with their childish comments.
Just checking to see if any Burnley fans are on the Burnley page, there must be a hundred of them on the Blackburn one with their childish comments. yyy's1
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9:29am Wed 20 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

Status Quo, Jethro Tull, Pau Simon.........the songs are ringing out over deadwood......
Status Quo, Jethro Tull, Pau Simon.........the songs are ringing out over deadwood...... Its Only a game boy
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6:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

stevieclaret says...

AnotherPounding4Burn
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wrote:
Dyche out Pulis in. Sick of watching second raters on show at the turf
Stop watching Blackburn then!
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPounding4Burn ley[/bold] wrote: Dyche out Pulis in. Sick of watching second raters on show at the turf[/p][/quote]Stop watching Blackburn then! stevieclaret
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6:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

stevieclaret says...

yyy's1 wrote:
Just checking to see if any Burnley fans are on the Burnley page, there must be a hundred of them on the Blackburn one with their childish comments.
You read the clarets v Chelsea report? Pot, kettle n black come to mind!! It happens on both boards so deal with it or don't bother reading!!!
[quote][p][bold]yyy's1[/bold] wrote: Just checking to see if any Burnley fans are on the Burnley page, there must be a hundred of them on the Blackburn one with their childish comments.[/p][/quote]You read the clarets v Chelsea report? Pot, kettle n black come to mind!! It happens on both boards so deal with it or don't bother reading!!! stevieclaret
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