Graeme Souness has refused to back down in his war of words with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The pair have become entangled in a bitter feud since Wednesday when the Sky Sports pundit labelled the Blues’ conduct as “pathetic” in their Champions League elimination to Paris Saint-Germain.
The 61-year-old’s gripe stems from the way in which a host of Chelsea players surrounded referee Bjorn Kuipers immediately before the Dutchman sent off Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Mourinho hit back in his Friday press conference by calling the Scot a “frustrated man” and questioned Souness’s managerial record.
But Souness is adamant that, despite the Portuguese’s rebuttals, he remains angered and saddened by the Londoners’ perceived gamesmanship.
“He had his say about me at his press conference on Friday and he is entitled to his opinion, but it won’t change mine,” he wrote in The Sunday Times.
“When he reflects on what went wrong against PSG and addresses it , I hope – yet doubt – that will include the obsession with gamesmanship.
“It seemed more important to Chelsea than getting on the ball and taking on PSG in a game of football, which they were more than capable of winning.
“They are a far better team than they showed. Getting the opposition booked by their excessive reaction to fouls became their priority. I was angered and saddened by that approach.”