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Chelsea Fall To Porto After Defensive Mistakes

Chelsea suffered a 2-1 loss to FC Porto on Tuesday in the Champions League group stage. Jose Mourinho said that a couple of mistakes cost Chelsea the game.

Andre Andre gave Porto the lead in the 39th minute, but Willian tied the game up right before halftime. Maicon headed in the winner for Porto in the 52nd minute.

“I think it was a good performance with two ridiculous mistakes, and we were punished,” Mourinho told The Guardian after the game. “The second goal … for us it’s a ridiculous mistake. We watched dozens and dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners. I thought we were completely ready for that so, in a moment when the game was under control and we were preparing a change, to concede that goal …

“We had another similar mistake when they hit the post, but apart from that I think the performance was balanced. Defensively we had no problems and the defenders played well. Two ridiculous mistakes and we were punished for them. Those mistakes were difficult to accept. The basic thing in football to work at is a defensive set-play: the ball is stopped, you defend the spaces or the man or both, so to concede the second goal was like ice in the players. But they reacted in a positive way and tried to get a result.

“Diego Costa hit the post, [Branislav] Ivanovic had a chance with an open goal, one metre from goal. There was a clear penalty in the last situation. We reacted well. I don’t think my players deserve me to be critical of them, apart from the two mistakes they made. This is a difficult place to win matches. I think they played well. I think the team played well.

“I have to try and find a balance. We have two home matches in the Premier League to come [against Southampton and Aston Villa] and need two good results. Good feelings, happiness, self-esteem … the players need that to play. When everything goes against you, it’s difficult to have that feeling. So let’s try, let’s try on Saturday.”

Chelsea sits in third place in Group G with three points in two games.

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