Jose Mourinho has stressed that it is important to look ahead to important games to comes in the coming weeks rather than dwelling on the Man City loss and the elimination from the FA Cup. Chelsea will face Everton in an important home game this Saturday ahead of a midweek Champions league encounter with Drogba’s Galatasaray.
‘I don’t like to lose but when I lose, instead of big crying I want the next match to come, I want to play, I want to try to have again the taste of the victory. I am never down with a defeat and I want to start working towards the next match, and hopefully I can pass to them this kind of spirit, this kind of message.’ -Mourinho
When the questions of what went wrong in the defeat against the same side at the same ground were we had won 1-0 in Feb. 3rd. That match may well be the title decider if Jose’s team go on to win the league even though the special one insisted time and time again that his squad aren’t the favorites to lift the trophy.
With Man City preventing Chelsea from registering any shots on target during the game, Mourinho compared it to the away Champions League match in Basel when the same statistic was recorded…
‘My team didn’t play so well and we couldn’t get Eden Hazard into positions where he could be a threat. The kid tried everything by dropping back and trying to bring the game to them, because in the league game, in Willian, Matic and Ramires we had people able to bring the game, people to go into the midfield so Hazard was in positions to attack the space and to attack Zabaleta.
‘But on Saturday the ball was not arriving, so Hazard was dropping back into the midfield to try and it was more difficult to beat one, two then three guys. He tried everything.’
What Mourinho said was correct tactically even though he didn’t want to blame any single player individually for the poor performance. We could see how Samuel Eto’o and John Obi Mikel didn’t perform well to their standards and that Matic and Luiz’s combination in midfield made the big difference against the same side last time around.
Mourinho though hopes his team can now focus on the league solely unlike Manchester City and Arsenal who are still in the FA Cup and have tricky opponents in the form of Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively. Winning the league would be very much dependent on Mourinho’s team beating the home match against Everton this Saturday and also an upcoming home league match against Arsenal who are direct rivals in the title race.