By Ayomide Oriade
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lashed out at some players in his team who fail to turn up in tough matches stating that they can’t win the title with such lackluster performance which makes them to keep relying on other teams’ results.
Chelsea slip to their fifth defeat of the season after John Terry’s own goal condemned the blues to a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park. The lose leaves them just two points clear of Manchester City, having played two more games, while Liverpool could also climb above them with a win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Mourinho maintains that the Blues will keep fighting until the end, but he does not believe their rivals will slip up. “I think it is now impossible to win the title. We depend too much on other results. With what happened two weekends ago (losing to Villa) and today, it is too much now and we depend on too many results.
“Of course, with my mentality, I want to try and win every game.The main objective is to finish in the top four. The second objective is to finish in the top three, which is also important. Since the beginning of the season I am just trying to win without thinking too much about positions, and about points.”
Mourinho absolved his defenders – Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta of blame for Saturday’s loss, but was not shy at pointing fingers at others.
He said: “My four defenders, phenomenal performance, as always. The others I’d prefer not to analyse individually. Clearly we have some players, because of their profile, who find it difficult to perform in some profile of matches.
“You have Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill and Azpilicueta and they perform in the sun, in the rain, small pitches, big pitches, aggressive teams, non-aggressive teams, possession teams, not possession teams and they perform every game from day one to the last day. And you have other players who are fantastic in some matches and disappear in other matches.”
It is important to note that all Chelsea defeats in the league have come away from home.