Chelsea midfielder Willian has revealed Jose Mourinho was frustrated with the team’s performance at half-time of the weekend Premier League win over Queens Park Rangers, ESPN
The Blues were leading QPR at the interval through a spectacular Oscar goal but needed a second-half Eden Hazard penalty to confirm three points after Charlie Austin back-heeled an equaliser.
Mourinho criticised the Stamford Bridge support following the win but Willian has said that the manager wasn’t happy at the break either, with the players this time the target of his displeasure.
“At half-time [Mourinho] was frustrated and told us so,” Willian admitted. “He was not happy and told us we hadn’t played well and had to do better. It was dangerous for us, to be only 1-0 up. So we had to improve. And he was right because even then QPR came on to the pitch for the second half and scored their goal to get level.
“But at least we reacted. We had to. We had to run more, keep the ball better, get at them more,” he continued. “The pressure is good for us. I’d rather have this, with us top of the league. We know we have to continue, keep those standards, and that is the only way.”
The victory ensured Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the league, with Mourinho’s side now four points clear of Southampton and six better off than defending champions Manchester City.
QPR meanwhile are second-bottom with seven points from their opening 10 games, with only newly-promoted Burnley underneath them.
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