Jose Mourinho lamented two “ridiculous” mistakes in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Porto, but was satisfied with the overall performance of his players.
Goals from Andre Andre and Maicon cancelled out an excellent Willian free-kick as Chelsea succumbed to defeat in the Champions League on Mourinho’s return to Porto.
Chelsea have now lost four games out of 10 in all competitions so far this season – already matching their defeats tally in all of last campaign.
Mourinho was less critical of his players than he has been previously however, expressing his satisfaction with how his players acquitted themselves against a side who had not even conceded at home since December last year.
“I don’t think my players deserve me to be critical of them, apart from the two mistakes that are difficult to accept,” Mourinho said.
“I’m not going to point the finger to one or to another. Good feelings, happiness, self-esteem – players need that to play.
“When everything goes against, it’s difficult to have that feeling. So let’s try. Let’s try next Saturday (at home against Southampton).”
The winning goal, a header from defender Maicon, came from a corner, with Mourinho lamenting the fact that his players should have been well-prepared for such a situation.
“Sometimes you make that kind of mistake and you are not punished. We were punished,” Mourinho added.
“The second goal for us is a ridiculous mistake. We watch dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners.
“We were completely ready for that and in a moment where the game is completely under control and we were preparing a change, to concede that goal is ridiculous.”
The second mistake Mourinho alluded to was from another set-piece, with Danilo hitting the post when Porto were 2-1 up.
“The basic thing in football to work is a defensive set play,” Mourinho added.
The Portuguese boss did hail his side’s reaction to conceding the second goal however, with Branislav Ivanovic – who was again at fault for the opener – and Diego Costa both going close.
“To concede the second goal was like (there was) ice in the players, but they react and they react in a positive way.
“Diego hit the post, Ivanovic had a chance with an open goal, one metre from the goal, the last minute situation, a clear penalty.
“The two mistakes that cost us the game, a game that was fantastic.”
Mourinho also defended his decision not to bring back-up strikers Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao to Portugal, and intimated that although he is open to making changes, he doesn’t know where they are needed in his starting XI.
“When the team is not playing and winning matches on a regular basis, it’s normal that you have to make changes,” Mourinho added.
“When you play a disaster it’s easier to make drastic decisions. When you play like (at Porto) and you don’t get a result, it’s more difficult.
“The result doesn’t mean that you played bad. The big mistakes we made twice doesn’t mean that the team defended badly.”