Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted to getting his team selection wrong as the Blues crashed to a second Champions League defeat to Basle, the
Mourinho revealed that he had checked with the players in the XI picked to see if they felt fit enough to play, and was told that they did. He now feels, however, that he should have seen the warning signs that they weren’t really fit enough – and Chelsea – who have qualified for the next stage regardless – suffered because he didn’t. “All of them told me they were perfect to play,” he said
“They wanted to play, they’d recovered well from international week and Saturday, but the reality is they weren’t,” Mourinho added. “Some, so-so. But others were really in trouble.
“We maybe paid the price,” the Portuguese continued. “I got that from the first minute. We made a big mistake in the first seconds of the game. After that we made mistakes defensively, made mistakes with the ball, lost easy passes, lost the ball, people thinking late… and we finished with a ridiculous goal. Absolutely ridiculous.”
Chelsea played West Ham on Saturday evening, at the Hammers’ Upton Park home, and ran out 3-0 winners through a Frank Lampard brace and an Oscar goal; both players started the fixture in Switzerland but Oscar was withdrawn before the hour. Samuel Eto’o also left the game early, stretchered off and replaced by Fernando Torres, while Willian played 86 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne was introduced in his place.
Schalke’s draw with Steaua Bucharest means Chelsea are guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds and Mourinho took a little consolation from that – but only a little. “The only positive thing is we go through,” he added.
“But we don’t go through because we got a result. We go through because Schalke didn’t get a result [drawing away against Steaua Bucharest], and that for me is not the same. But, in the end, we qualify, which is the first objective. Now we have the last match at home to get the result and finish first.”
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