Mourinho: My team started badly; my players deserve a clap, says Conte


Manchester United’s Coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that his team started badly which cost them an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Chelsea.
Goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’golo Kante ensured that Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho, who spoke to reporters at the end of the match, said: “It started badly after a few seconds. We are close to the 1-1 and after another defensive mistake and it is 2-1.
“You come with a strategy, you cannot concede a goal in the way we did. We were coming to have an offensive approach, we wanted to create chances, and we showed that after the 1-0.
“The second and the third were counter-attack goals. If we score a goal like we almost did for the 2-1, the game would be different.
“It is one of those days when you give the advantage to opponents by doing nothing. We made incredible defensive mistakes, individual mistakes and you pay for that.
“In terms of points, we got zero points, we lose three points. We are six points from the top, three from the top four; we now need to win matches.
“We need to win our matches now, which are not easy, we need to win to close that gap, after these last three matches, we made two out of nine, we now need points,’’ he said.
Responding to the way he was greeted by the fans, Mourinho said: “It was fine; I was not expecting anything different here. The crowd behaved in a normal way’’.
Meanwhile, Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte, said his players deserve commendation for the way they played against Premier League rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Conte said: “I am pleased with the performance, we started well, moved the ball quickly, created chances to score the goal.

“I see the commitment in training and the players deserve this. We are improving, we must continue to work, only through the work we can improve.

“It is very important after the Arsenal and Liverpool defeats. It was important to understand our mission. We must look to Wednesday against West Ham and prepare for that,” he said.

On why he was urging the fans to cheer on towards the end of the game, he said: “I was listening to the supporters of Manchester United, always supporting their team and I was asking my team to do a clap for my players.
“All the players deserve this clap,” he said.


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