As Chelsea slump to Champions League defeat at Porto
- Chelsea beaten 2-1 at Porto in disappointing Champions League loss
- Boss Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know what his best side is
- Defended decision to leave Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy at home
- Also stands by dropping Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic
Jose Mourinho admitted that he doesn’t know his best team at the moment as Chelsea slumped to their fifth defeat of the season on the manager’s emotional return to Porto.
Mourinho defended his decision to leave strikers Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy at home, leaving the team without a recognised striker on the bench, insisting: ‘It wasn’t punishment, just a decision.’
He also stood by dropping Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic to the bench, as well as leaving Oscar in London, but did agree that Chelsea’s form meant that he can no longer rely on last season’s Premier League champions and that he isn’t sure of the identity of his best starting eleven.
Jose Mourinho slammed Chelsea’s ‘ridiculous mistakes’ as they were beaten 2-1 at Porto
Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill (left) and Cesar Azpilicueta (centre) in action against Porto
Porto’s Andre Andre celebrates putting the home side in front during the Group G encounter
‘I don’t know what is that, said Mourinho. ‘Untouchables means consistency in the performances. We don’t have consistency in performances, so that means we don’t have untouchables.
‘It’s normal, when the team are not winning matches, you have to make changes.’
But Mourinho defended his team’s performance despite some shambolic defending and the potentially damaging defeat.
‘I think it was a good performance with two ridiculous mistakes, and sometimes you make that kind of mistake and you are not punished. Tonight we were punished.
‘Games like today are difficult to analyse because the result doesn’t mean you played badly. The big mistakes we made, twice, but that doesn’t mean that the team defended badly. When you play a disaster, it’s easy to make drastic decisions.
‘When you play like today but don’t get a result, it’s more difficult. So I have to try and find a balance. We have two home matches in the Premier League and need two good results.’
Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic lies on the floor after being beaten by Porto’s opener
Porto’s Maicon then put his side back in front after Chelsea had equalised in their Champions League clash
Mourinho (left) stands on the touchline looking dejected as his side were beaten by Porto
Source: Daily Mail