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Mourinho has neglected his duty to define stamps

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho didn't turn up for his press conference so unfortunately we're still unclear about the definition of the word ‘stamp'.

"I don't know what you understand by stamp" said Mourinho after Diego Costa's twitchy feet got a little carried away during Chelsea's League Cup tie against Liverpool.

The dictionary definition is "to bring down (one's foot) heavily on the ground or on something on the ground." Like, I suppose Emre Can's ankle. I wonder how Mourinho differs on that definition.

Of course, the issue is whether or not the stamp was deliberate.

But of course, Mourinho also had an answer for that: "He puts his foot [on Can's ankle] when he is looking to the ball."

Ah, the old "I wasn't looking so I didn't mean it" defence. Tried and tested by many a striker with a stray elbow throughout football history.

I wonder how I'd get on with the Sainsbury's security guards if I shoved a tin of caviar down my trousers while looking at the anchovies.

It's not the strongest defence. Neither is Man City's (there's a seamless link for you) so I can't make a good case for them to take three points from Stamford Bridge.

I saw a graph the other day showing Chelsea's league position since the start of the season.

It was straighter than a ruler - Tottenham were ahead on goal difference for a heartbeat - and I can't see that changing anytime soon.

But I do think City can hold them to a draw, especially with doubts over several key players for Chelsea.

Anyway, if Mourinho's lot win I've got a plan - I'll just tell my bookmaker I was looking at Chelsea when I clicked the draw button.

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