Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his side’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City is an unfair reflection of the performance of his players.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 16, 2015) (ITN) – The Premier League season is only a week old but the problems are already piling up for misfiring champions Chelsea after a 3-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Sunday (August 16).
Goals by Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho were the least City deserved for a dominant display against a side who took 70 minutes to register a shot on target.
While a buoyant City top the table with six points, six goals scored and none conceded, Chelsea have one point after failing to win either of their opening two fixtures for the first time since 1998.
The Portuguese caused controversy last week when criticising first-team doctor Eva Carneiro for treating Eden Hazard and leaving Chelsea temporarily with nine men in the opening day draw with Swansea City and he faces another testing week.
Mourinho was already on the offensive, though, saying Chelsea’s defeat by City had been undeserved.
“In the first half, the best team was winning and in the second half the best team was Chelsea. We didn’t score. If the 1-0 result after our second half, would be in my opinion an unfair result, imagine a 2-0 or imagine a 3-0,” Mourinho told reporters after the match.
“They were the best team in the first half and they controlled the game, they created chances. We were very comfortable with the ball but defensively we were quite fragile.”
Chelsea re-grouped well in the second half, but were still second best to City, who looked sharp across the pitch.
However, Mourinho said the second goal, scored by Kompany with ten minutes remaining, was out of context with the rest of the second half.
“The second change (by Manchester City) was a defensive one. (Raheem) Sterling out, (Martin) Demichellis in. And I think everybody in this moment knows that the 1-0 is the result that they want to keep, and it is a result they are in trouble to keep. So, the second goal is completely out of the context. But, it is our mistake, our mistake. So, we were punished by our mistakes in the second and the third goal, and we couldn’t capitalise on the good second half we did,” said an adamant Mourinho.
The sense of unease in the Chelsea camp was increased when talismanic skipper John Terry was substituted at halftime — the first time he had ever been hauled off by manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho later confirmed that Terry had been replaced by pacey central defender Kurt Zouma for tactical reasons.
“I have to decide on John or (Gary) Cahill. Because (Kurt) Zouma is the fastest player we have in our defensive line. Fastest out of anyone – (Branislav) Ivanovic, John, Cahill, (Cesar) Azpi(licueta) – he is the fastest of anyone. So, when you are going to play with a high block and you are asking your players to do that, to bring the defensive line up, the fastest player has to be on the pitch,” said Mourinho.
Mourinho said Terry still remained very much part of his plans at Chelsea, and that the skipper had taken his decision professionally.
“Well, I can tell you that he (Terry) was not dancing in the dressing room,” said Mourinho.
“And I can tell you also that he was not having a bad reaction. He did what everybody does; the manager says, this guy comes in and that guy goes out, and they all do the same. They all wait for the team to go out, they change, they shower, and they go back to the bench like he did. Normal.”
Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea came a week after defeat by FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield and was followed by Mourinho’s removal of Carneiro from bench duties.
Mourinho’s decision was brought into the limelight once again as first Cahill, then Spanish striker Diego Costa, needed treatment for head injuries.
The fact that Chelsea’s medical team had to call on their City counterparts for help in treating Costa further fuelled the jeers from City fans directed at Mourinho.
Mourinho’s team were outplayed by Manchester City, particularly in the opening 45 minutes.
Aguero had already been causing Terry and central defensive partner Cahill headaches and had three sights of goal in the opening 30 minutes before finally putting his side ahead.
The Argentine played a one-two with Yaya Toure in a crowded area, wriggled into space past a lumbering Cahill and fired the ball just inside Asmir Begovic’s post.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini said that a particularly sharp Aguero was unlucky not to have scored more in the first half.
“I am very satisfied because it is not easy to beat the champions – Chelsea were the best team, they won the title last season – and I think that the first 45 minutes that we played, we really deserved three goals, at least three goals,” said the Chilean after the match.
“We played really well, without any disruption in defending, without conceding any chances for Chelsea to score, and we create at least four clear chances. It would have been more (goals) but (Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir) Begovic had a great performance. We couldn’t score more goals. In the second half, maybe we had some restrictions by the yellow cards, so the intensity was not the same. But, in our worst moments, Chelsea really didn’t have chances, and then finally we score the two other goals that we deserved in the first half.”
Hazard had Chelsea’s one real chance in the 70th minute but fired a shot straight at Joe Hart before City’s defenders cleared the loose ball with Costa lurking.
Kompany’s glancing header gave City breathing space before Branislav Ivanovic gave the ball away and Fernandinho completed Chelsea’s misery with a clinical finish past Begovic, who could have expected more protection on his first start in place of the suspended Thibaut Courtois.
For Pellegrini, these two goals were fully deserved by his team and reflected Manchester City’s dominance for most of the match. However, he was quick to add there is a long way to go in the season, despite holding a five-point lead over their rivals after just two games played.
“In football nothing is indicative until the end of the season. Remember that last season Chelsea was eight points in front of our team, and at the end of December, the beginning of January, we were in the same position of the table. It is important not to drop points here, it is important not to drop against big teams, especially against the champions of last year, that continue to be the favourites of this year,” said Pellegrini.
“Always the gap you have with the five big teams is important but we are just starting and just thinking of the next game and not for sending message or thinking what will happen in the month of May.”