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Mourinho: Chelsea Not a 'Ready,' 'Complete' Team
Guardian, February 12th, 2014 3:17PM

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Jose Mourinho bemoaned his team’s "lack of personality" as Chelsea could only manage a 1-1 draw at struggling West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. The Portuguese went on to say that the 1-1 draw was evidence that his team is still far from the kind of "complete team" that should be considered title favorites.

"We were not strong enough to kill the game,” Mourinho said. “They had a reaction and we couldn't cope with the reaction. We started being too deep. I was feeling that, even if I put some attacking players on it wouldn't help because the team were really under pressure and it looked impossible for my defenders to get out of the first third of the pitch.”

He added: "It was down to a bit of everything: the attacking players stopping to play and giving the opponents the chance to feel more comfortable and with no fear; my defensive line started playing too deep, too back. We gave them the ball and were waiting for them to put it in the box. That's not our game. It's not how we feel comfortable. A little bit of a lack of personality, perhaps. We must have the personality to get out of our half, to not accept that pressure or to play that long in the last third of the pitch. So a bit of everything."

Asked if the result justified his caution in calling Chelsea legitimate title favorites, Mourinho said: "Yes. Of course. A 'ready' team, a complete team, kills this game. 2-0. Goodbye. We didn't.” Read the original story...


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