February 11, 2014 22:44
Jose Mourinho, Manager FC Chelsea
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“That’s football,” said FC Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho.
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Mourinho accused his players of "lacking personality" after dropping two points in their clash with West Bromwich Albion over the weekend.
Branislav Ivanovic almost sent the Blues four points clear at the top of the table.
But Victor Anichebe scored an 87th-minute equaliser to leave Chelsea just two points clear.
"West Brom had a reaction and we couldn't cope," said Mourinho.
Chelsea will be replaced at the summit if either Arsenal or Manchester City win on Wednesday.
"For 60 minutes there was only one team, and that team couldn't kill the game, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half," continued Mourinho.
"That is football. The team stayed back, we were too deep.
"I thought even if I sent on some attacking players, it wouldn't help because we were under pressure. It was impossible for my defenders to get out of the first third of the pitch.
"They started putting long balls into the box, with some free kicks, corners and rebounds, and fighting for those, and they deserve."
Asked why his team sat too deep, Mourinho replied: "A little bit of a lack of personality.
"We must have the personality to get out, to not accept the pressure.
"The game could perfectly have ended 1-0, but we have to give some truth to their reaction."
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