Jose Mourinho dismissed suggestions that John Mikel Obi was fortunate not to be sent off during the 0-0 draw at Arsenal, who “like to cry” according to the Chelsea boss.
The Gunners were angry after Mikel was given the benefit of the doubt by referee Mike Dean following a second-half challenge on Mikel Arteta.
But Mourinho, still unbeaten against Arsenal, said: “They like to cry. That’s tradition.
“English people, for example Frank Lampard, never provoke a situation like that and players from some countries – especially some countries – have it in their blood.
“Even if the opponent is aggressive with you, keep going. Let’s go – this is English football.
“Football is for men – or women with a fantastic attitude. It is a game of contact. The referee had a great game.”
Chants of “boring, boring Chelsea” rang out from the frustrated home fans after the final whistle.
Mourinho countered: “I agree. I’ve played against them 10 times and never lost.”