Horror tackle could have ruined midfielder’s career, insists Jose

Ross McLean
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CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho insists the tackle by Burnley striker Ashley Barnes on Nemanja Matic during the drawn Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday could have ended the Serbia midfielder’s career.

Matic was caught just below the knee and was sent-off for his subsequent reaction, and will now be suspended for the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham on Sunday as well as the Premier League showdowns at West Ham and at home to Southampton.

“Matic is a very lucky guy because it could have been the end of his career,” said Mourinho.

“I cannot find the words to describe what the player did and I can clearly understand because football is about emotions and sometimes you lose your emotions.

“Clearly Matic had a reason to lose his emotions. What could be consequence of Matic’s push for the other player? Nothing. One second later he stands. The consequence for Matic could have been the end of his career.”