You had Drogba, Terry and Lampard who other players could look to, and they would turn around and say “listen I’ve been here before, don’t worry, follow me, we’ll be alright and get through this and weather the storm”. “The second goal, for us it is a ridiculous mistake”, Mourinho said.
“We watch dozens and dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners”, explained Porto’s former manager.
Costa told Chelsea’s website: “We had the game under control”.
Mourinho warned his senior players following the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United that none of them were indispensable but the result against Porto, if not the performance, calls into question the judgement of the Chelsea manager.
“When you play a disaster it’s easier to make drastic decisions”.
Chelsea had only ever conceded two or more goals against a Portuguese team on one occasion before Tuesday night’s loss.
The Blues are third in Group G after Dynamo Kiev beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-0. They are an incredible team and we are very happy to get the win, but maybe more so for the attitude and mentality we demonstrated on the pitch.
The ESPN FC crew discuss Chelsea’s continued poor performance, in both their domestic league and in the Champions League.
Mourinho had dropped Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic to the bench, while Oscar, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao-the former Porto striker-were not in the squad at all as Ramires, Willian and John Obi Mikel started.
Petr Cech is expected to be back in goal, with Wenger indicating the summer signing from Chelsea was carrying a minor injury concern following last weekend’s win at Leicester. He is unlikely to still be at Stamford Bridge next season.
“But we see what can happen in the Premier League. Tonight we were punished”.
As a result, the pressure is back on Chelsea as they face a Saints side who are on a high after winning their last two games, scoring nine goals in the process.
“And I still think he’s capable of doing that”. Good feelings, happiness, self-esteem – players need that to play.
Despite their current predicament, Ferdinand has advised the club and the team to maintain their faith in Mourinho as he feels the Chelsea boss has shown in the past that he is capable of pulling teams out of sticky situations.