Weight of expectation the cause of Chelsea concern, claims Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has claimed his Chelsea side have been criticised for their form so far this season because more is expected of them since he is in the dugout, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Chelsea were briefly top of the Premier League table following their Saturday evening win over Fulham, dropping to fourth following Sunday wins for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, but the Blues’ ascension to the summit came after two defeats in a week led to some doubt over Mourinho’s methods as he largely continues to exclude Juan Mata from the side.

Mourinho has however claimed that the reason Chelsea were under the spotlight prior to beating Fulham was that he has been so successful in the past that it was expected he would be immediately successful upon his return to Stamford Bridge after an absence of almost six years.

When you win once in 10 years people don’t expect a lot of you,” Mourinho said. “When you win in 10 consecutive years people expect a lot. I am guilty of that and accept the critics. That is my fault. My fault.

Mourinho went on to defend the form of Samuel Eto’o, who has failed to score for Chelsea since his August move from Anzhi Makhachkala, insisting that after moving to Russia for the vast amount of money on offer, it was to be expected that he would take time to rediscover his best upon entering a more competitive environment. “Samuel is understandable,” Mourinho said.

You are on the top of the world for almost 10 years and then you go to a different reality [in Russia]. We know he went there for economic reasons. I knew his level would go down but for me he is a very good player. He is lacking sharpness but that is normal.

Goals from midfielders Oscar and John Obi Mikel, the latter netting for the first time in 185 Premier League appearances, delivered victory over the Cottagers, with League One side Swindon Town Chelsea’s next opponents in the Capital One Cup.

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