Jan 26, 2014 at 3.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
1-0
StokeStoke City
Oscar (27')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Cameron (31'), Wilson (45'), Pieters (82')

Jose Mourinho bemoans Eden Hazard treatment

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that midfielder Eden Hazard should have received more protection from the referee during this afternoon's match against Stoke.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that he thinks the referee should have given Eden Hazard more protection during this afternoon's FA Cup match against Stoke City.

The Blues progressed into the fifth round of the competition courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge, with the only goal of the game coming from an Oscar free kick.

However, Mourinho was unhappy at Stoke defender Geoff Cameron's treatment of Hazard during the game and stated his belief that referee Chris Foy should have booked him earlier than he eventually did.

"Some other clubs, not just in England, especially not in England, they cry a lot with the [lack of] protection of their big players," Mourinho told PA.

"I don't want to cry, because it's not my nature, it's not Chelsea's nature. But, because Eden is small but a very strong boy and resists a lot and doesn't like to dive and doesn't like to be on the floor, opponents are coming very, very strong on him.

"Today Mr Foy was just a little bit late to give the yellow card to Cameron. It was on the third tackle. But he gave the yellow card and after the yellow card the situation was different. After that Cameron played a normal game."

Chelsea will face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the pick of the FA Cup fifth-round ties.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Sunderland during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013
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