Mourinho backed to avoid ban over 'unacceptable' Chelsea drama

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That would come as a relief to Mourinho given he is dealing with an existing FA charge for allegedly using improper language following United's 3-2 victory against Newcastle United before the worldwide break.

Chelsea's assistant coach Marco Ianni's touchline celebrations in the face of Mourinho sparked a melee in the tunnel after Ross Barkley's last-minute equaliser at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has launched an unexpected defence of Marco Ianni and urged Chelsea not to sack the coach for sparking the ugly spat at the end of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Probably someone with great potential.

"We are gutted. When you get yourself back into the game, not just back in the game but you are winning and concede with a minute to go, I'm still baffled where the referee got six minutes (of stoppage time) from". If you're going to be a top manager of any sort, you've got to have fire in your belly and if you haven't, then don't do the job.

Asked if the current situation is the toughest he has faced in his career, the former Liverpool and Chelsea coach said: "Yes, at the moment, yes".

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He went back a few more times and steadily built up an impressive array of shapes, words and symbols on his body, marking important achievements as they arrived. "He apologized to me, I accept his apologies".

Last week Mourinho was charged by the FA over alleged comments made in the immediate aftermath of his team's dramatic 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle United. "We can sit here and say it's ridiculous that these managers react, but what you saw at the end was raw emotion".

"I have seen the match on the bench, and now want to study the second half of the match".

"What I told the players was to get the best out of these feelings. I have spoken to a member of my staff and have dealt with this immediately", the Italian said. From defence to attack, the side have shown that they can handle the pressure of an opposition that are purely aggressive and are more than willing to defend in their first third for majority of the game. "But we have made the same kind of mistakes in other matches".

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