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Mourinho Talks about Shock Palace Defeat

Following the end of our title hopes for this year, after the defeat down at Selhurst Park, Jose Mourinho had a few words for the media with the 'Special One` remarking,

'Now we have lost our chance of finishing first. Now we depend too much on other results."

'Crystal Palace deserved the victory, they fought for their lives. We had good chances and their goalkeeper made some good saves in the first half. But their spirit was stronger, their desire was stronger and their commitment was stronger. That disappoints me, but it's a defeat that we can only blame ourselves for."

'Some of our players are not comfortable in these types of matches, like Stoke away, Newcastle away and Everton away. Can I change this? I don't know. My defenders are phenomenal, but in other positions we have players that can be in trouble.'

Your thoughts on the above would be most appreciated.

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 29 2014

Time: 5:43PM

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Rightly put. Honest assessment by Jose.
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29/03/2014 17:51:00

jose must take some responsibility. ba for schurrle was an error. should have been willian instead of salah too - with palace parking the bus, guile, not speed was the need of the moment.
johnny come lately
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29/03/2014 17:56:00

Very disappointed with the result. Its a fair assessment of our performance today by José. A difficult loss to take,but we have to move on. Psg is a massive game awaiting us.#Ktbffh
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29/03/2014 18:08:00

Willian wouldn't have impacted the match as me he's not direct enough.....
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29/03/2014 18:11:00

Mourinho was the wrong man. He only came to Chelsea because Real Madrid wanted him out after he had tarnished their image.
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29/03/2014 19:22:00

I think more than lack of spirit, desire and commitment, excessive reliance on counter contributed to the loss... We need to develop another system/style to win games, we cannot continue to rely on counter...
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29/03/2014 20:02:00

That's why tiki-taka is harder than it looks. If Chelsea players could do it they would.
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29/03/2014 20:48:00

First of all, every team knows that the beat CFC, you just have to park the bus, press the midfield and counter attack. Our midfield today was *****…Worst game for Matic…and Luiz. Luiz pounding long balls down the field out of bounds. Pathetic. I used to be a huge Luiz supporter, but he is too inconsistent. This team needs a quarterback midfielder that can really move the ball forward and distribute with speed. At this point, if Barca are stupid enough to pay a stupid price, I might sell him. He has lost his position to Cahill and he is too valuable to sit on the bench. Plus, he is becoming injury prone. As far as Torres, JM just can't justify playing him anymore. Ba is worthless also. All the lower level teams will follow suit and CFC lacks the creative ability or the ability to cross the ball and score on a compact defense. To think of the incompetent idiots that forced RDM to play Torres and to sell Sturridge is just incompetence at its worst. How the ***** is Torres on this team anymore? Thank God JM is around to tell these boobs whom to purchase and sell, because without JM the previous clowns wouldn't have a competent manager and with a motley crue of players with various styles and no organization what so ever…It really *****es me off that Torres is still collecting a check…Roman cut your loss…Torres should not make the bench for the remainder of the year. Play the U-18 kids as they provide more of a threat than Torres.
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29/03/2014 21:27:00

I swear to God, that game was in slow motion from start to finish. The worst part is, when our squad plays like this, it gives certain dumbasses on this forum - whose names will remain anonymous, but whose initials are foreign_viewer) license to talk smack. And even though he/she/it may be talking straight out of his/her/its *********, the criticism is justified. Even if the criticism is wrong and stupid, it was still warranted.
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30/03/2014 00:46:00

What's the point of beating Manchester City at Etihad Stadium when we lose to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park?
Blue Day
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30/03/2014 02:50:00

All blame for the goal goes to Terry. He scored. Luiz didn't. Don't shift blame.
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30/03/2014 03:15:00

" First of all, every team knows that the beat CFC, you just have to park the bus, press the midfield and counter attack " - Doesn't every top team get beaten like that... ? Barca, Bayern etc.
Strapping Blue
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30/03/2014 09:18:00

man u need a coach can one of us get to that seat hahaah its not easy to win alway but its easy to comments and even insult
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30/03/2014 09:29:00

@blue day ofcourse beating mancity is more important than crystal palace, mancity is direct rival whereas palace are not. given a choice between beating a direct rival and other nobody will choose other. that said we should beat teams like palace but stop repeating your comment you know its not correct and we got you
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30/03/2014 09:52:00

foreign viewer is foreign to what? football?
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30/03/2014 09:56:00

*we got your point@ blue day
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30/03/2014 10:00:00

Nah, foreign to common sense more like it p_r ;)
HGH Magic
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30/03/2014 11:43:00

Look we can't win every game but the frustrating thing is we beat good teams and play well but we can't raise ourselves for these types of games and it's a recurring pattern,I really think we can win the champions league you may laugh but there any no lesser teams left so it will suit our players who have a bad attitude for lesser games
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30/03/2014 13:25:00

Disappointing result, but same old problem this season. It's a pity. But people need to remember one thing, we haven't been among the challengers in PL last 2 seasons, in fact far from it. Our title challenges ended before christmas in the last 2 seasons. This time we hung around much longer, even though most knew there were issues in the squad that were left unaddressed. Striker and a DLP, both top level ones, are imperative. Big summer ahead for us.
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30/03/2014 14:14:00

iva was crap jose....apart from the other three he is the weak link....and change your tactics you are still stuck in the 2005 zone...get out of has change and team has changed here at epl....
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30/03/2014 17:53:00

It won't be long until we see shlok27 and foreign_viewer up for EPL managers of the year...
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30/03/2014 21:15:00

Apart from all the ,mentioned above problems why we can't seems to win against teams that park the bus, we also do not pass quickly enough in the opposition's box. Our passes are way too laborious and slow such that little or no invention and speed to catch oponennts off guard, ditto hazard/Etoo combination goal against Newcastle. We need to get players with invention and speed beside Matic and probably another DM to give Matic a rest. He had one of the poorest games I have seen since we bought him. On a rating of 1- 10, he will get a 3 solely for his effort and nothing else. We need to re- engineer our midfield to deal with pressure from teams design to seat back and Mou is the right person for the job. Players with more guile and speed or thought in tight areas are needed.
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30/03/2014 22:23:00

shlok27, Football hasn't changed that much. We don't have a decent striker especially away from home - Et'o is reasonably good at The Bridge - and yet we are only 2 points off the top of the league with 6 games to go and still have to play the team above us. The team above us who have an absolutely phenomenal player who can score goals and create chances out of nothing. If Liverpool win the title it will be similar to Maradonna single handedly winning the 1986 World Cup. The media can talk about Sturridge & Gerrard but without Suarez Liverpool would be battling Everton for 4th.
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31/03/2014 14:47:00

Mourinho had the best squad at Madrid. He tried to turn them into underdogs. He flopped there. He's doing the same this year.
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31/03/2014 16:16:00

Mourinho certainly didn't flop at Real Madrid and he didn't have the best squad either. 3 Champions League semi-finals in a row is an excellent achievement. His Real team also hold the record for the most successful ever league season in Spanish history. Some flop.
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31/03/2014 16:37:00

Mourinho was sacked for a reason. He failed. He was hired to win the CL.
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31/03/2014 16:59:00

Madrid are still in recovery mode. And as soon as they sell Ronaldo they will win the CL.
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31/03/2014 17:01:00

^you do NOT know what you're doing and saying lad. I recommend the rehab or the gallows!
HGH Magic
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31/03/2014 17:45:00

foreign_viewer, I guess Real Madrid have only had 4 successful season in the last 50 years and Barcelona only 4 in their history. How many current managers have won more than one Champions League? 3 I think: Jose, Pep & Carlo. If it so easy to win the Champions League how did Pep blow it in 2010 & 2012 when he had the best team? How many Champions League titles have you won?
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31/03/2014 17:53:00

Some guy is obviously sick!! Gawd. Morinho had Barca under wraps in his last season (and that was the very good barca).
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31/03/2014 18:26:00

Under wraps? He lost the league title before the turn of the year. He left Spain disgraced.
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31/03/2014 19:59:00

^Ignoramus. I see "disgraced" is synonymous to being rewarded with the very lucrative Chelsea job! Friggin Ignoramus ignored as appropriate.
HGH Magic
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31/03/2014 21:26:00

Real Madrid v Barcelona 2012/13 P6 W3 D2 L1. I think Jose had well and truly proved he had their number.
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31/03/2014 21:43:00

Mourinho wasn't rewarded. He was sacked for tarnishing Real Madrid's image. They were too big for him. So is this current Chelsea team.
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01/04/2014 05:26:00

His next team should be Monaco. Lots of money but small team. Now that's his kind of "underdog".
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01/04/2014 05:31:00

^Ignoramus ignored.
HGH Magic
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