Chelsea boss Mourinho contradicts himself in post match comments
Chelsea lost their first match of the season yesterday, as Everton proved to be too much for the London side at Goodison Park. Though the Blues certainly had their chances, they were unable to convert any of them and paid the price when Everton scored just at the end of the first half.
"We made a mistake in the last minute of the first half where we lost the ball in a strange situation and we conceded a goal. Maybe because of that, we deserved to lose, because if you don't score you can't win." (via the Guardian)
New summer signing Samuel Eto'o was particularly inefficient in front of goal, wasting several big chances that could have easily gotten Chelsea back in the game and perhaps given them all three points.
"Of course he needs [matches], but it was not just him," Mourinho said. "I think [André] Schürrle's missed three big chances to score and other players also had chances but I don't like to be critical of players who missed some chances. We are a team and I prefer to analyse the game. We didn't deserve to lose because we were the best team and the team that tried harder to win the game."
Mourinho's words are slightly contradictory here, considering he stated that his side deserved to lose, then changed them again to say that his side didn't deserve to lose. Since his return, the Portuguese manager has seen his side's style of play change drastically from his first stint in London.
During his first time in charge, Mourinho's side played far more direct, physical football. The likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard ensured that every game the Blues played would be a physical one. Drogba's pace and strength mixed with his work rate gave Mourinho's men that direct option that they now seem to greatly miss. Though Romelu Lukaku has been deemed as the next Didier Drogba, the young Belgian striker was sent out on loan at the beginning of the season to Everton to continue his development.
Mourinho's new side's style is drastically different from the side he won four trophies with in the mid-2000's. With an incredibly talented midfield filled with depth, Mourinho's style has changed from direct and powerful to patient and skillful. The likes of Oscar, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard proved last year that they can combine to devastating effect without having to rely on a striker like Didier Drogba. This year, however, goals have been hard to come by for Chelsea and the lack of a consistent goal-scoring striker has spotlighted the issue even further.
"We need to put the ball in the net," Mourinho said. "Artistic football is no use without goals."