Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed his side have now got what it takes to win the Premier League title this season after they narrowly missed out last term, according to the Daily
The Blues face Crystal Palace in a potentially sticky tie this weekend and it was this type of game that Chelsea stumbled over at crucial times last season – in fact losing at Selhurst Park in March thanks to a John Terry own goal.
But the Portuguese man now believes that his side have improved, claiming the squad has more “personality” to impose on games such as this.
He said: “My lesson, in that specific game, was not a lesson. It was one of these games I deserved to lose.
“When I deserve to lose, I know why I lose. That doesn’t give me a lesson. I accept it in a normal way.
“It’s easy for me to analyse this kind of match. Last season we lost there because they were better than us in every aspect of the game.
“I don’t know if it was our worst performance of the season. But it was a really poor performance. “
Chelsea’s record against the top clubs of the division was incredibly strong last season but it was the lesser sides, such as Palace and the likes of Aston Vila where they also lost, which ultimately let them down in the hunt for the title.
These performances drew Mourinho into criticising certain players in public and while some may frown upon this he insisted he wouldn’t shy away from doing it again.
“It’s part of my job, to try and find the best strategy to get the best out of my players. I love to praise my players publicly,” added Mourinho.
“I don’t love to criticise them. But sometimes, either by strategy or by frustration, I’ve done it.
“I think the most important thing is the personal relationship. When you have a personal relationship, you can accept the criticism and are open to it.
“You know your friend, your coach, your father or your wife criticises you it’s for your own good.”
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