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Chelsea lacked personality, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea boss slams team after 1-1 draw at West Brom

West Bromwich: Jose Mourinho has blamed Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on a “lack of personality” from his players.

The Blues went ahead in the first half thanks to Branislav Ivanovic, but succumbed to a late equaliser from Victor Anichebe which denied them a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

And Mourinho says his team as a whole were to blame for dropping too deep and letting the Baggies back into the match.

Jose Mourinho

“The attacking players stopped playing and they gave the chance to the opponents to feel more comfortable and to feel no fear and to push up,” he said.

“At the same time my defensive line started to play too deep, too (far) back, we gave them the ball and we were just waiting for them to put the ball into the box and to try to fight against it, but that is not our game.

“It is not the way we feel comfortable, so I think maybe also there is a little bit a lack of personality, because we must have the personality to get out and not accept their pressure and not accept to play for so long in our third. The game could perfectly have been 1-0 but I think their goal gives some truth to their performance.

“For 60 minutes, there was only one team, and that team couldn’t kill the game, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half. And for the last 15 minutes (there was) only one team, and that team fought a lot to get the goal and the point, and in the end I think they deserve it,” he added.

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