Shock FA Cup exit for Chelsea, City

Inter Milan's Portuguese  coach Jose MouChelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was “ashamed” and “embarrassed” by his side’s fourth-round exit to League One Bradford City on a day of thrilling FA Cup shocks.

Chelsea squandered a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City were beaten 2-0 at home by Championship side Middlesbrough.

“It’s a disgrace for a big team to lose to a small team from a lower league,” said Mourinho, 51.

“Me and the players must feel ashamed.”

An incredible round of shocks began on Friday night when League Two Cambridge United held Manchester United to a goalless draw and continued on Saturday lunchtime as Swansea City exited at the hands of Championship Blackburn Rovers.

The two served as little warning as Premier League leaders Chelsea followed suit, while second-placed City and third-placed Southampton also saw hopes of a Wembley trip ended.

The Saints were beaten 3-2 at St Mary’s by Crystal Palace while eight-time winners Tottenham missed out on a place in Monday’s fifth-round draw as they conceded twice in the closing seven minutes to lose at home to Leicester City. , and Liverpool drew with Bolton.

But no side spanned a gulf in class quite like Bradford City, who became the first team to ever put four goals past a Mourinho side in a home game despite being 49 places below Chelsea in England’s football pyramid.

The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto boss entered the Bantams’ dressing room after the game, congratulating players individually.

“I repeat a word I used before this match – It’s a disgrace for a big team to lose to a small team from a lower team,” said Mourinho, who won the FA Cup during his first spell at Chelsea in 2007. —BBC

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