Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2: We weren’t at right level, admits Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho runs rule over a surprise 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho admitted Chelsea weren’t at the right level against Crystal Palace after a surprise defeat at Stamford Bridge.

The west London side appeared to have rescued a point after summer loan signing Radamel Falcao scored his first goal for Chelsea to cancel out Bakary Sakho’s 65th-minute opener with 11 minutes remaining.

I said before the season, it’d be more difficult to win matches against non-title candidates as they all have good players and good teams – like West Ham winning at Liverpool

Jose Mourinho

However, Palace’s slender lead was restored just moments later after defender Joel Ward beat Thibaut Courtois to seal three memorable points for Alan Pardew’s side at their London rivals.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Chelsea failed to register their first home win of the season, Mourinho felt a draw would have been a fair result for the defending Premier League champions.

“Congratulations to Palace. It’s a fantastic result for them and a very good performance,” Mourinho said.

“We didn’t deserve to lose. But Palace gave us a very difficult game. The result should be a draw, which would still be bad for us. We did enough not to lose. We had good opportunities, a huge penalty appeal at 0-0.”

Mourinho added in his post-match interview with BBC Sport that he predicted sides like Crystal Palace and West Ham would cause the bigger clubs more problems this season.

“When the team is not consistent and there aren’t 10 players on the pitch at a certain level it’s difficult,” Mourinho continued.

“I said before the season, it’d be more difficult to win matches against non-title candidates as they all have good players and good teams – like West Ham winning at Liverpool today.”

Chelsea make the trip to Everton in their next Premier League game on 12 September.

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