Headline addict Jose Mourinho pointedly echoed Arsene Wenger in calling a referee “weak and naive”.
Wenger used that phrase to describe Mike Dean after his Arsenal side lost to Chelsea in a combustible affair last month.
Mourinho did not have to wait long to make his point, telling BT Sport after the 0-0 draw to Dynamo Kyiv: “The referee was weak and naive – a big penalty.”
Wenger escaped FA punishment before Mourinho was then fined by the governing body for comments made about Bobby Madeley.
“I keep not understanding, what the goal referee does. Because (he) doesn’t make a clear decision. When the result is zero-zero and such a penalty is not given it’s a crucial moment of the game,” he added.
“We hit the post twice, we had a great occasion by Matic, (we had a) solid defensive performance against a dangerous team. To lose this game would have been really bad for us.
“(It was) a good solid performance, second clean sheet, everybody fighting for each other.
“Once more a game without luck, because with a bit of luck you win this game. It’s okay. We have the destiny in our hands. We play two matches at home and one in Israel. So the qualification depends on us.”
John Terry was in agreement, believing the club can secure qualification in front of their home fans in subsequent games.
He told BT Sport: “It’s on us. We maybe could have come away with three points tonight but we haven’t and we move on.
“In front of our home support, a big night under floodlights, it’s where want to be. It’s in our hands.
“We haven’t got the result we wanted but the desire’s still there, the hunger’s still there for trophies year after year. There’s been a lot of disappointment, but we’re collectively together.”