Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho takes his seat ahead of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on December 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK
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Job done, Jose. In a classic diversionary tactic, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has successfully shifted the Premier League agenda onto the "campaign" by referees – in his mind at least – against his players. Mourinho won't tolerate another season without a trophy.So an enemy appears useful for Mourinho to create a siege mentality at Chelsea: It's us against the world, or referees at least. It was very different in April 2013 when Mourinho's reign as Real Madrid coach was ending in acrimony and he openly flirted with Chelsea just before sealing his return.Mourinho had accused the Barcelona coach of trying to influence referee Frisk during halftime of a Champions League game.If the outcome is that referees become wary now of booking Chelsea players for tumbling in the penalty area, and more likely to award penalties instead, Mourinho will undoubtedly deem his outburst a success.
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