Jose Mourinho claims Chelsea were unlucky to suffer a defeat at the hands of Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Magpies, who were reduced to 10-man in the final quarter of the game. Papiss Cisse came from the bench and scored a brace in the second half. However, Didier Drogba scored one for the west London club.
The striker’s header was not sufficient for Chelsea to avoid defeat, which was their first in all competitions this season. The former Real Madrid manager believes his side were better than Newcastle at St James’ Park.
“We were unlucky. The best team lost, the team that tried to win lost, but that’s football,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.
‘What’s important is that it’s the kind of defeat which is easy to accept. I don’t like to lose when the referee isn’t good and I blame him, which isn’t the case.”
“He was very good and had no influence on the result. I don’t like to lose and blame my players because they were complacent, didn’t play, didn’t produce or the attitude wasn’t good, that’s not the case, so I’m happy about that.
“We were unlucky, we didn’t score goals when we could have and we conceded the only times they crossed the midfield line, but that’s football and I accept it. We were unlucky, that’s crystal clear, one day we will be lucky,” the Portuguese tactician added.
Despite the loss against Newcastle, Chelsea are still on the top of the table with 36 points from 15 games. Premier League champions Manchester City are three points behind the Blues in the second place.