Chelsea defender Filipe Luis was reluctant to blame referee Martin Atkinson for the points the Premier League leaders dropped against Burnley, the Daily Telegraph has reported, despite manager Jose Mourinho being particularly vocal with his complaints over the officiating.
The Blues lost a single-goal lead against Burnley, Branislav Ivanovic’s goal cancelled out by Ben Mee, after Nemanja Matic was sent off for his reaction to a heavy tackle by Ashley Barnes. Matic shoved Barnes to the floor after the high challenge, one of four incidents to which Mourinho pointed when criticising Atkinson’s performance.
Luis, who moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer from La Lig champions and Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid, instead however congratulated the Clarets on their display and rejected the chance to heap the blame on the referee.
“We have to say Burnley played a good game and congratulate them,” the Brazil international admitted. “I don’t believe in luck and I don’t want to talk about the referee. We had chances to win the game, we played a lot better than them and created a lot of chances. We have to improve and play better in every game.
“We created chances, everybody was running in attack,” Luis continued. “We have to know that every game is not easy, and to be top of the league every game is more difficult because everybody is trying to steal points from us. Now we have to work hard and train more, improve every day.”
Luis has to date made 22 appearances for Mourinho, scoring once, after spending four seasons at Vicente Calderon, winning the Europa League in 2011-12, the Copa Del Rey in 2012-13 and two UEFA Super Cups – in 2010 and 2012 – as well as the league title. He has also represented Figueirense in his native Brazil, Ajax, Real Madrid’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla, and Deportivo La Coruna.
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