Jose Mourinho ‘ashamed’ by Bradford FA Cup defeat
Chelsea boss praises League One side after giantkilling at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho congratulates Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson after the League one side won the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
League One City brilliantly responded from two goals down after 38 minutes to dump the Premier League leaders out of the FA Cup.
And substitute Mark Yeates tucked in a stoppage-time fourth to inflict the Blues’ first home loss this season and spark jubilant celebrations from Phil Parkinson’s visitors.
Mourinho on Friday said it would be a “disgrace” if his side lost.
After Chelsea’s hopes of challenging for an unprecedented quadruple were ended, he said: “In this moment I feel happy for them. I could find in my bad feeling with the game and with the result space to feel happy for them. I’m honest.
“By another side I feel ashamed and I think the players should feel exactly the same as I feel.
“By one side this is the beauty of football, the beauty of the FA Cup. It happens more in the FA Cup than any other country.
“(But) I repeat the word that I used yesterday in case we lost – it’s a disgrace. A sporting disgrace, but it’s a disgrace.
“I know in the history of this competition it happens to every team now and again.
“For me it’s the first time and I think it’s unacceptable to lose against a team from a lower league.”