This is one of the things that arguably drives us Liverpool fans most crazy.
Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s often insufferable manager, has once again spoken out the ‘ghost goal’ scored by Luis Garcia in the 2005 Champions League semi-final.
The mercurial Spaniard scored the tie’s only goal, tapping in from close-range at Anfield. It’s still not clear whether or not it actually crossed the line though, as the noisy Portuguese decided to remind everyone today in an interview with BT Sport:
“I lost a semi-final with a goal that was not a goal. Today it would not be a goal. Today with goal-line technology it would be different.”
But yet again, Mourinho has forgotten the most important aspect of the story, an aspect which Liverpool fans have been trying to forcibly tell him every time he brings up the self-proclaimed injustice.
If Garcia’s goal hadn’t been awarded, referee Lubos Michel would have sent off Petr Cech and awarded Liverpool a penalty. So in all likelihood, we’d have scored anyway – and had the added bonus of playing 85 minutes with an extra player.
In 2008, Michel even declared this to be the case.
“If my assistant referee had not signalled a goal, I would have given a penalty and sent off goalkeeper Petr Cech,” he said, referenced here in the Telegraph.
It’s just another example of Mourinho refusing to accept any blame. He’s quite pleasant in the media when his sides win, but is a cartoon-like parody of himself when they lose. What urged him to speak about our semi-final victory again is anyone’s guess – but it’s probably because Chelsea look a shadow of the side they were last term.
At the moment, we’re enjoying every minute of it.