Mourinho calls for grown-up attitude to Chelsea defeat
Jose Mourinho has said that his current Chelsea side should not be compared to the team that won the Premier League title in his first season in charge, the Daily Mirror has reported, and the manager adds that he hopes defeats such as the one to Everton on Saturday can be handled in a mature fashion.
Chelsea were beaten by a single Steven Naismith goal at Goodison Park, despite dominating possession and having twice as many shots as the hosts, and while Mourinho wants to see his side improve he has warned against comparing this current vintage with that of 2004.
“No, it is not 2004 all over again,” Mourinho said. “Then we lost against Manchester City in October - our only defeat. But that is not the point. We are not unbeatable. This is a different team,” the Portuguese added.
“I came here to work - I don’t say peacefully because I am the first one that does not like to work peacefully - but to work with time, to develop the players and play the best they and we can.”
The Mirror> points out that while the Chelsea side of 2004 dropped only seven points from a possible 39, this current Chelsea squad has already missed out on five points in their opening four games.
“We have to be effective, be adult and not naive. That is what we have to work on. We have to transform the ¬beautiful football we played into goals,” Mourinho added. “We are not a club who will accept in a cool way that things will come. We’re going to chase it.”
And while Mourinho feels Chelsea did not deserve to lose to Everton, he remained philosophical, while contending the Londoners had a troublesome opening to the campaign.
“The beginning of the season was hard,” Mourinho said. “Away against Manchester United, away in the Super Cup against Bayern, and away against Everton. But Saturday was the story of a team with 21 shots that couldn’t score a goal. That is the beauty of football.”
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