Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea to pick up points irrespective of their display.
Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea that they risk ceasing to a big club if they get used to losing against top opponents despite playing well.
The Blues were undone by first-half goals from Trent Alexander Arnold and Roberto Firmino. A second-half goal from N’Golo Kante proved nothing but a consolation for Frank Lampard’s side, who showed encouraging signs.
The first-half was totally erratic for the hosts, but a completely different second-half made their supporters proud. But Jose Mourinho is adamant that Frank Lampard shouldn’t be pleased with the performance and that there is a risk the Blues ‘stop being a big club’.
“I hope they don’t get used to it (losing) – that’s the important thing,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“When you start accepting defeats just because your team play well and your players gave it their best, in terms of their application and commitment.
“I think when you get used to it, big clubs stop being big clubs. It shows people are ready for the season and ready to accept what the season is going to be under a manager who is one of the best professionals and a potentially top manager.
“The numbers say Liverpool are 10 points ahead of Chelsea – they aren’t going to fight for the title.”
Frank Lampard’s sides have picked up eight points from the opening six games. It’s been a tough start to the season, but the Blues are improving day-by-day, but they are yet to pick up results on a consistent basis.
There might be lack of experience, but the Blues are obliged to find a formula and finish in a Champions League spot this season. Chelsea have back-to-back games at Stamford Bridge, facing Grimsby Town in the League Cup and Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League in the weekend.