Mourinho feels 'betrayed' after loss

SWEET VICTORY: Leicester's Vardy (in blue), who volleyed home Mahrez's precise right-wing cross after 34 minutes, in action with Chelsea's Azpilicueta during the Premier League match at King Power Stadium on Monday.


    Dec 16, 2015

    Mourinho feels 'betrayed' after loss


    CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho watched his team suffer a 1-2 loss at table-topping Leicester City on Monday and then said he felt ashamed at their lowly Premier League position and betrayed by his players.

    The champions have now lost nine of their 16 league games and stand one point above the relegation zone in 16th place after goals from Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez condemned the visitors to another painful defeat.

    Vardy volleyed home Mahrez's precise right-wing cross after 34 minutes and Algeria forward Mahrez teased Cesar Azpilicueta on the right side of the area before curling a sublime left-footed shot into the far corner three minutes after the break.

    Said Mourinho: "We conceded two goals that were unacceptable for me because I know one of my best qualities is to read the game for my players, to read the opponents, to identify every detail about the opponent and these two goals...

    "The movement of Vardy between the two central defenders, the cross with the left (foot by Mahrez), then Mahrez in the box, one against one that I want one against two because I want the midfield player to close the best foot (of Mahrez).

    "They are two goals (that are) very difficult to accept, big frustration to accept because I feel like my work was betrayed, if it's the right word," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

    "All last season, I did phenomenal work and I brought them (Chelsea's players) to a level that is not their level, that is more than they really are or this season we are doing so bad that the players for some reason - I'm not saying all of them of course, I don't want to put some of them in the same basket - but clearly with some of them, it's so difficult."

    Mourinho injected some life into his deflated side by bringing on Loic Remy for midfielder Oscar after 65 minutes and the Frenchman delivered a goal 12 minutes later from a cross by fellow substitute Pedro but Chelsea could not find an equaliser.

    The result has left the champions 14 points outside the Champions League places, and 20 behind Leicester, leaving Mourinho to repeat his view that Chelsea will not qualify for Europe's elite club competition via their league placing.

    "We can't finish top four but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points," he told BBC. "But at the moment, we're in a zone where I feel ashamed.

    "I accept we are in the relegation zone but I don't accept we are in a relegation battle," the Portuguese coach told a post-match news conference.

    "You look at the table and we are there but you think you are in a relegation battle if you think you are there for three or four months. I don't think that."

    Victory was extra sweet for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked by Chelsea in 2004, a year after Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took ownership of the London club.

    Ranieri had led Chelsea to their highest league placing for 49 years and their first Champions League semi-final, which they lost to AS Monaco, but his reward was the sack. He was replaced by Mourinho.

    "We played against the champions but we want to make a fantastic match for our fans because they believe, they are dreaming," said Ranieri. "It is good if they (the fans) continue to dream but for us it was important to make a great performance with a fantastic spirit. Also tactically, I am very satisfied. We concentrated for 95 minutes against the champions. That is not easy."