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Jose: We will still qualify

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains confident that his side will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, despite their loss at home to Basel.

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Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea will still finish in the top two in their Champions

Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea will still finish in the top two in their Champions

The Swiss side came from a goal behind to win 2-1 on Wednesday night, ending the Blues' 29-match unbeaten home run in Champions League group-stage matches.

Mourinho's men had been seen as hot favourites to qualify from a group which also includes Steaua Bucharest and Schalke but they now have work to do after the unexpected setback.

However, Mourinho said: "The objective of finishing in the top two in the group phase and to go to the next stage of the Champions League is an objective that is not lost - far from it.

"It's an objective we're going to fight for and it's an objective that I believe very, very much that we're going to achieve.

"We lost three points that we must get somewhere. We must get them, (from) Basel, or Schalke, or Bucharest, or all of them, or some of them.

"Normally you have to win the matches at home and get a few points away.

"Now we must win six points at home, Schalke and Steaua, but we have also to win points away. Probably we have to go to win at Basel to compensate for the defeat."

Mourinho insists he is happy with his striking options and says he is expecting improvement from new-boy Samuel Eto'o, who has arrived from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

"The sharpness, that click to score, we have to wait," said Mourinho. "But he's a great player and he will score goals."

Mourinho takes blame

The Portuguese boss took the blame for Chelsea's defeat on the night and having been beaten at Everton in the Premier League last weekend, he now takes his team into the Saturday Night Football clash at home to Fulham looking to avoid a third defeat in a row.

"I am the manager, I am responsible for everything - especially after a bad result," Mourinho told Sky Sports immediately after the match.

"In the good moments, I want everyone to shine. In the bad moments, I want everyone to keep calm.

"Tomorrow, I will not wake up with a smile on my face but at seven o'clock, I will work hard to get three points against Fulham."

Chelsea were in front at half-time courtesy of Oscar's strike but were undone in the space of 11 second-half minutes as Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller turned the scoreline around.

Asked where it had gone wrong, Mourinho added: "I think in the first half they defended well because we had a lot of the ball but could not create many chances.

"Oscar scored at a good time for us and then I think they scored their equaliser at our best moment of the game, after we had a couple of good opportunities, and after that we were punished defensively."

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