Chelsea 2 Swansea 2: Jose Mourinho reflects on Stamford Bridge draw

Jose Mourinho gives his post-match thoughts after Chelsea are held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea in their Premier League opener

Jose Mourinho refused to criticise his players after his Chelsea side were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea City in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

Oscar’s free-kick put the Blues ahead in the 23rd minute before Andre Ayew tapped in an equaliser after Thibaut Courtois saved from Bafetimbi Gomis’s header.

Federico Fernandez put Willian’s cross past his own goalkeeper just moments after the equaliser, before Courtois was sent off after bringing down Gomis.

Summer signing Asmir Begovic was sent on but failed to stop Gomis’s penalty as the champions were held to a draw in the opening game of their title defence.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Mourinho said that his side were the better team with 11 men and said they did they best after being reduced to 10.

Mourinho said: “They didn’t have chances against 11. The team was playing very, very well in the first half.

“In the second, in one minute, it was a penalty, red card and the goal – 2-2.

“If you have 10 men and are winning you can defend well and try to find a strategy but to play with 10 men and try to win the game is more difficult.

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“I would say we were the best team with 11 players and with 10 we fought hard, some fighting at the limit of their condition.”

The Chelsea boss refused to comment on referee Michael Oliver’s decision to send off Courtois and award a penalty in the second half.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” he added.

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