Chelsea boss Mourinho pleased with second half display

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his side deserved their 2-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday, but admitted they were poor in the first half, the Daily Express has reported.

Last season’s second tier champions matched Chelsea in the opening period, with Riyad Mahrez going close. The hosts probed, but rarely threatened Kasper Schmeichel’s goal. Early in the second half, David Nugent was put through on goal for the Foxes, but saw his effort saved by the onrushing Thibaut Courtois.

That incident seemed to change the game, as Chelsea began to take control and create several chances, with Schmeichel having to save two efforts from Branislav Ivanovic and a chip from Cesc Fabregas, while Oscar hit a post.

The deadlock was finally broken on 62 minutes when Diego Costa poked the ball low into the net for his second goal in two Premier League appearances. Eden Hazard then grabbed the second with a low shot which was deflected past Schmeichel.

After the game, Mourinho conceded his team were below-par in the first half, but praised their play in the second half, saying: “We didn’t play good in the first half. Leicester came with great defensive intensity, trying to scare us in counter-attack and we were a bit slow – slow in moving the ball and slow thinking and we needed to change and we did that.

“The second half was compete control. I don’t forget they had a good chance with the result 0-0 but we had so many chances, so many opportunities to score obviously we deserved the victory.”

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