Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that the supporters who booed him for substituting Willian in his side’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton did not realise the forward had vomited at half-time.
The Brazil international gave his side an early lead at Stamford Bridge with a free-kick but was replaced by Pedro on 64 minutes, a decision which saw Mourinho booed by his own fans, who were frustrated at having seen Steven Davis level matters before Sadio Mane put the Saints ahead on the hour mark.
Graziano Pelle then put the seal on a stunning Saints comeback to condemn reigning champions Chelsea to their fourth Premier League loss of the season and leave Mourinho having to justify his substitutions.
The Portuguese coach told reporters after the game: “The supporters booed the Willian decision today, and I would do the same as them if I didn’t know that Willian was ill and vomiting at half-time.
“The doctor said it’d be very difficult for him to continue. They boo in a moment where they don’t know what’s going on.
“They had a negative reaction and I would do the same because the results are not what we want.”
The result leaves the champions 16th in the table on eight points – 10 behind leaders Manchester City.