Chelsea 1 Everton 0: Jose Mourinho salutes Blues’ fighting spirit
The Chelsea boss was thrilled with his side's resilience in their narrow won over the Toffees
Jose Mourinho praised Chelsea’s fighting spirit after watching his side leave it late to beat Everton and maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
With the game goalless heading towards stoppage time, Nemanja Matic thought he had put the Blues ahead but his deflected strike was ruled out for offside.
But moments later, Willian drilled home from the edge of the box to hand Mourinho’s men victory and keep them on course for the Premier League title.
Mourinho felt that his side were worthy of the three points and praised his team for fighting until the end of the game.
“It’s beautiful to win in the last minute, and it’s so sad to lose,” Mourinho told BBC Sport after the game.
“They have to be very disappointed, they gave us a very difficult match. We are very very happy and we think we deserve it. We fought so hard to try and win the game. We risked a lot to try to win.”
Mourinho felt that Everton set out to try and disrupt Chelsea’s rhythm in west London.
“Everton changed its DNA, they defend really well and made lots of fouls,” said Mourinho.
“What we can call intelligent fouls. But if the referee follows the rules it’s yellow card, yellow card and they paid the price for that. This is not a criticism, but they foul, foul, foul.
Chelsea’s next game is the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital next week. They then face Burnley at home in the Premier League.