Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1: It was tense, admits Jose Mourinho
Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1: Jose Mourinho admits his concern at Blues' inability to kill game after "tense" win
Jose Mourinho admits he was made to sweat on the touchline as Chelsea held on to beat Crystal Palace and move up to second in the Premier League table.
Fernando Torres gave the Blues the lead in the 16th minute at Stamford Bridge when he tapped home from close range, but Marouane Chamakh’s volley made it 1-1 shortly after.
We created a lot of chances but did not kill off the game
Ramires’ impressive shot gave Chelsea the lead again in the 35th minute, before Petr Cech made a string of second-half saves to keep the Eagles at bay.
And Mourinho admitted his concern at his side’s inability to kill the game with another goal after taking the lead in west London.
“It was tense,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
“It could have been 4-1 or 5-1, but it could have been 2-2. This is tense because when you miss chances to kill the opponent, when you’re not in the best moment of your game and when you’re in trouble, you fear the opponent can punish you.
“We created a lot of chances but did not kill off the game and the opponents can score. They were three very important points against a team who, I have to say, were very well organised by Tony Pulis around his ideas.
“Everyone is in there, but next weekend [Arsenal v Chelsea, on 23 December] is between the first and the second and this country is waiting for that.”