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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jose Mourinho: "I'm responsible for everything happened!"

Following Chelseas shock 2-1 loss at home to FC Basel, Jose Mourinho accepted responsibility for his sides performance.

I am the manager, I am responsible for anything, he told Sky Sports.

Especially after a bad result. In the great moments I desire everyone to shine, in the bad moments I desire everyone to save calm, Mourinho said.

In the next match, we go to Bucharest (in the Champions League), we have to get the points to put us in the Champions League. We dont desire to play in the Europa League.

Playing in the Europa League, the tournament that the West London club won last season, is exactly where Chelsea may locate themselves if things dont tighten up on both sides of the pitch. Its on Mourinho to create that happen.

Defensively, Chelsea were punished for two schoolboy errors.

The first came when the left side of Chelseas midfield left Mohamed Salah, widely known as Basels most dangerous player, in acres of space to finish with ease.

The second goal came upon an equally regrettable decision, failing to put men upon the post during a late corner kick with the score knotted at one apiece. Factor in that Marco Strellar is a 64 beast of a man known for doing broken with his head, and this is inexcusable.

In 90 minutes of play upon Wednesday night, Chelsea striker Samuel Etoo was limited to a single shot.

Offensively, with the exception of Oscar, the Blues were anemic in front of goal.

Few will deny Oscars offensive quality. After beginning the match unhitched he quickly sorted himself out to become Chelseas most dangerous attacker.

His 45th minute goal was sensational. The lateral run across the top of the box split the Basel defense and his flash turn of the hip and a snap strike was pure class. In the second half it was more of the same when his tug back at the corner of box created the vital space to launch a curling teaser that kissed the top of the bar.

But aside from the Brazilian playmaker, ask marks surround the Chelsea attack, and as Mourinho admitted, he is responsible.

Eden Hazard had one of his worst displays ever in a Chelsea kit. If the rumors were true and the Belgian was carrying an achilles injury then he should have been rested. If he was healthy then its time Mourinho put the winger through some intense finishing work. With no goals in the first four Premier League matches and two golden opportunities sailed into the upper stand last night, Hazards finishing is becoming an issue.

Mourinho is also responsible for throwing Willian into the fire without blooding him first.

The Brazilian, who was an unused substitute against Everton, looked overwhelmed and was ineffective in his starting role against Basle. Same goes for Marco van Ginkle, whos touch was poor throughout the match. Why Mourinho thought the two new boys preserve would the midfield together better than the established likes of Juan Mata and Jon Obi Mikel is anyones guess.

Where Mourinho bears the most blame, however, is up top. Samuel Etoo failed to register a single shot until injury time and looks a shadow of his former self. Perhaps thats because at the age of 32, he is just that or, perhaps he too, needs more time to acclimate himself to a new squad.

Either way, having Etoo lead the line after his numbing performance against Everton last weekend was a head scratcher  almost as much as the Portuguese managers decision to loan out Romelu Lukaku in favor of keeping Demba Ba and Fernando Torres.

But for now, in this bad moment, well do as Mourinho suggests and stay calm.

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