Chelsea boss Mourinho frustrated by lack of cutting edge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his side lack ruthlessness and a killer instinct, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, reports the Guardian.

The Blues dominated the early exchanges in Istanbul and got a crucial away goal after just nine minutes, with Fernando Torres converting fellow Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from the left. Chelsea then missed some other opportunities before home manager Roberto Mancini responded by bringing on Yekta Kurtulus for Izet Hajrovic.

That change had a positive effect on Galatasaray, and they gradually came back into the game, scoring the equaliser on 64 minutes as Aurelien Chedjou capitalised on some hesitant defending from a corner.

And Mourinho, though content with the result going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge, was disappointed that his side could not take full advantage of their early dominance. He said: “That’s our team, that’s our team. Some other teams have three chances and score three goals. We have five and score one.

‘This is not a criticism of the strikers, like sometimes people think. It’s just the profile of the team we have. We create but we arrive in the last third of the pitch and the last decision – the correct pass, the right movement – is something that is not right at the moment.

“We are not a team who kill opponents. We are paying for that in the Premier League, losing points, and now in the Champions League we might have got a different result. But they all give everything.

‘They fight for each other, work for each other, have tactical discipline. So I cannot be critical. They got a very acceptable result in a stadium where it’s difficult to play and difficult to win. I think they did a good job.”

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