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‘I was not happy with my team’ – Mourinho frustrated by Chelsea first-half display

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

The Blues boss says his side were impressive in
the final 30 minutes of the 1-1 Champions League
draw with Maribor, but paid the price for a
disappointing first-half showing
Jose Mourinho admits he was not happy with
Chelsea’s first-half performance and says his side
paid the price in their 1-1 draw with Maribor.
The Blues would have qualified for the
Champions League last 16 had they won in
Slovenia, but must now wait until match day five
at the earliest when they play Schalke in
Germany.
Eden Hazard missed a late penalty and Diego
Costa had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside,
but Mourinho says the poor performance in the
first half ultimately proved costly.
“In the first half we didn’t play well,” he told Sky
Sports. “After their goal we played very well and
normally we should win the game, but when you
don’t play well for 90 minutes you risk, and in the
last 30 minutes when we played really well,
intense, and creative and with a big desire to win
and had many chances to do it their goalkeeper
was magnificent.”
Mourinho brought on Costa and Oscar at half-
time and believes his decision to change the
make-up of his team was vindicated.
“I was not happy with the team and I was not
happy with the performance, I changed at half-
time with the conviction that the team was going
to improve and I was proven right.
“They scored and their belief was high and the
pressure on our team…the players start feeling it
a little bit but as I say we created a lot of chances
and the goalkeeper was really really good.”
The Portuguese was also delighted with Hazard,
who was foiled by keeper Jasmin Handanovic in a
one-on-one situation before seeing his spot-kick
saved.
“When a player plays as well as Eden Hazard did,
for me he was absolutely fantastic, by far the best
player of my team. A player with a performance
like this can miss a penalty and can still be the
best player on my team. We paid the price for a
not good first half, and their goalkeeper was
fantastic.”
Replays showed that Costa’s disallowed goal
should have stood as Cesc Fabregas was level
with the last defender, but Mourinho would not
be drawn on referee Daniele Orsato, though he
did hint at his unhappiness.
“I think we deserve to win but with this referee I
have a long story from my Italian times but I don’t
want to go in that direction. It’s also important to
praise a team with a different power than we
have, they gave everything and played very well
for their point.”

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