Chelsea 1 Basel 2: We are going to progress, declares Jose Mourinho
Chelsea 1 Basel 2: Jose Mourinho insists the Blues can still qualify for the next round despite a shock loss at Stamford Bridge
A calm Jose Mourinho confidently declared that Chelsea WILL progress from their Champions League group despite a shock loss to Basel at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were subdued in the opening period but Brazilian Oscar came to the home side’s rescue with a clinical finish past Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer on the stroke of half-time.
The Blues had chances to double their lead after the interval but were wasteful, and the visitors made the Europa League winners pay in the final 20 minutes.
The impressive Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah scored a brilliant individual effort, before Basel captain Marco Streller headed the winner from a corner in the 81st-minute.
“In the end we lose three points – and we must get them somewhere else,” said Mourinho.
“Whether it be Basel, Schalke or Steaua Bucharest – some of them, all of them… but the objective is to finish in top two in the group phase and go on to the next stage.
“It’s an objective that is not lost, far from it. It’s an objective we’re going to fight for and it’s one that I very much believe we are going to achieve.”
Mourinho felt Chelsea were undeserving of their first-half lead but the Blues boss expressed his frustration at conceding during the home side’s purple patch in the group-stage opener.
“They scored in our best period,” he added. “In the first half, we had a big percentage of the ball.
“In the initial period, we had corner after corner. But we didn’t create. Basel were very compact – they defended and closed everything.”
He added: “In the first half, we did nothing to score the goal and we went in wining 1-0 at half-time. Normally, it would have been 0-0.
“In the second half, we had more space to play and better situations.
“[Then] in our best period, they go and score the goal. It was a contradiction between the tendency of the game and the moment where things happen.”
On Stroller’s winner, he added: “The second goal was very difficult to accept.
“We work very much on defensive organisation on set-pieces and the header is in a position where we have two players defending that zone.
“We had two players and the man who was marking Streller. Three players make a mistake and we are punished.”