Date: 14th March 2007 at 5:11pm
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Not long after Mourinho claimed United were lucky to be on top, Ricardo Carvalho came out with similar nonsense to follow his boss’ footsteps.

José said United did not have injuries, got the decisions from referees in important moments and won games they didn’t deserve to. Now, listen to Carvalho.

‘Our team are capable of recovering. With Petr Cech back in goal and also Terry, the music will play to a different key.’

‘We still have to play United at home, so nothing is finished. We are going to fight
until the end.


Well, let’s see. They’ll have the chance to prove these words.

‘Everything has happened to us – injury after injury. United have not had the same bad luck.’

Injury after injury? OK, look. Joe Cole missed this season entirely but that must not be such a bad blow as they can still afford to leave Robben on the bench.

Petr Cech? That’s a big and unfortunate loss, I admit. John Terry? He did not miss so many games, it was just that he had been rushed back into action.

And that’s all. Boulahrouz’s injuries I would not consider as serious problems for Chelsea as he was consistently crap when he was playing.

As for United: we started the season without Carrick, Solskjaer, Heinze, Vidic, Smith and Gary Neville. Then Rooney’s and Scholes’ ban would come. After that, Ryan Giggs would be ruled out for weeks and Park for three months. Now we do not have more than one fit strikers.

So, basically, I admit they had graver problems on injury front but they have more money to spend and maybe they shouldn’t have let Gallas and Huth leave without bringing in replacements. And the usual talk about how we remained injury-free is rubbish. Just rubbish.

‘They have had goals in the last minute and good fortune with decisions.’

That’s my particular favourite. We won two games through late goals, these were the Fulham and Liverpool games. We got two dodgy penalties that helped us secure victory so that’s four matches. Four, out of 29.

Chelsea defeated Everton and Wigan with late,late goals, equalised in the 84th minute against Arsenal who twice beat us with late goals. They got a goal out of nothing at Blackburn thanks to a dubious penalty. And I don’t want to say that only a deflected free-kick gave them the lead a Bramall Lane…

So all this luck issue is ludicrous. On the basis of the first 29 games we are the better team. The question is, shall we say the same when the season is over?