Last season’s Premier League champions Chelsea have started the season on a very poor form. The Blues have only four points from four games and already eight points behind title challengers Manchester City.
They lost 2-1 to Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace yesterday at Stamford Bridge. They started the season with a 2-2 draw against Swansea City and then lost 3-0 to Manchester City. The only win for them was on the last week against West Brom where his side came out as winner beating the Baggies 3-2.
Asked whether he would be splashing the cash on Everton’s John Stones and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, two big-money targets both linked to Chelsea, Mourinho said: “I hope not. I don’t like that.”
“I gave my club the report of the season projection on April 24,” the Chelsea manager explained.”
“I don’t think it’s now, on the 29th or 30th August to say ‘I want this and that or I want to try this and that’. We have to gel.”
“The reality is that we have had a bad start.”
“We have to do better. Me and the players have to do better.”
“I can not say I had 11 players at the same time performing. Two or three of them, their individual performances were far from good. I blame myself for not changing one of them.”
“I kept him in the game for 90 minutes and when I made the third change I realised I needed a fourth.”
Chelsea were left reeling as fellow London club Palace secured their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1982 and inflicted just Mourinho’s second defeat in 100 home league matches as the Blues’ manager.
Mourinho gave credit to Crystal Palace for their display but also had a dig at referee Craig Pawson as he felt the Blues should have been awarded a first-half penalty when Connor Wickham appeared to foul Kurt Zouma.
He added: “The referee made a big mistake. I watched it at half-time on television. It was a clear penalty at 0-0 and obviously was a big influence on the result.”
Only Sunderland had ever emerged victorious from here in the league with Mourinho in charge and Eagles chief Alan Pardew was proud of the result.