Mourinho backs Chelsea to recover from five-goal shock
Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea's New Year's day meltdown against Tottenham at White Hart Lane will prove to be a one-off
London: Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea's New Year's day meltdown against Tottenham at White Hart Lane will prove to be a one-off. Mourinho’s side began 2015 in the worst possible fashion with a 5-3 drubbing in Thursday’s London derby.
Chelsea's Nemanja Matic (left) vies with Tottenham's Federico Fazio during their EPL tie at London's White Hart Lane on Thursday. Pic/AFP. Inset: Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea, who at one point looked to be running away with the Premier League title having held an eight-point advantage, have now been pegged back by second placed Manchester City.
The champions and Chelsea are level on goal difference and goals scored, so the Blues are top only on alphabetical order. But Mourinho is not concerned about Chelsea’s title chances just yet and, unhappy his team didn’t get two penalties at Spurs, he instead focused his attentions on the standard of referees in the English games and the amount of games his players faced over the congested festive period.
“We didn’t lose because of the group of players. Against Newcastle we had Nemanja Matic suspended but John Obi Mikel played a very good game,” Mourinho said.
“We lost then because we were unlucky and Newcastle were lucky. Mr Atkinson (the referee) had a completely clean performance. “It was a different story against Tottenham and against Southampton in our previous game it’s again a similar story. But there’s nothing we can do. The only thing we can do is work and play well.”