Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticized Jose Mourinho for parking “two buses” after their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea Sunday night, Metro reports.
The loss is a big blow to the Red’s chances of their first league title in 24 years, as Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace now gives the initiative to the Sky Blues.
A rare Steven Gerrard slip allowed Demba Ba to score right before half-time, and Willian sealed the victory in the dying seconds of the game.
And Rodgers has accused the Blues for their negative defensive display.
“They obviously sat very deep. I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one,” bemoaned Rodgers.
“It was like a back six with three midfield players in front of that. That’s ten, with the goalkeeper, consistently behind the ball.
“I don’t think it’s a tactic. It is not difficult to coach, putting ten players on the edge of the 18-yard box. It’s totally opposite to how we want to play.”
Mourinho however responded, “The best team won, in my opinion.
“I am a bit confused what the media thinks about defensive displays.
“When a team defends well you call it a defensive display. When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you don’t consider it a defensive display.”
Liverpool still lead the Premier League table with 80 points, with Chelsea and Manchester City on 78 and 77 respectively.
But the Citizens have a game in hand on their rivals, and a better goal difference to Liverpool by +8.