After failing to score in a game for the first time this season, Chelsea drop two points at the top but still six points clear off second position. With Manchester City defeating Southampton 3-0 on Sunday, they do indeed look like our only real threat this season yet.
Here are the reactions of manager, Jose Mourinho and defender, Gary Cahill;
Jose Mourinho’s Reactions
Mourinho said he would rather praise the opposition than criticize the team, stating that Sunderland had a week to perfect their clear strategy. He went on to say ‘many people like to criticize defensive teams and I don’t do that. To be a good defensive team you need to do it well. We always tried to move the ball and get spaces but they defended very, very well, nine guys behind the ball with wingers playing as full-backs. I praise them for their success with the clean sheet.’
He also went on to state the point was disappointing, the team isn’t happy with just one, but they are experienced and mature to know every match is difficult, and in the process repeated the fact that Sunderland were paying for a clean sheet. He said he had no ‘negative words’concerning the game and he thinks the point was fair.
Europe Midweek Effect
Mourinho talks about the reality of preparing for two games in one week, saying ‘The Sunderland guys were watching our game against Schalke at their homes and went to bed at 11 pm. We played 90 minutes against Schalke and we arrived home at 5am. I don’t forget this, I praise my guys. They are doing fantastically well.’
On the Mid Week Game vs. Tottenham and Costa’s Suspension
Mourinho states the fact that the team is still top of the league, and they would move on from the Sunderland game quickly to the next against Tottenham, ‘There is no time to be complaining. We move on.’
He adds he ‘was told’ Costa was unlucky to receive his fifth yellow card, following up saying Remy or Drogba would play against Spurs, ‘We don’t cry about injured or suspended players. He (Diego Costa) can rest and be fresh against Newcastle. It’s no problem, let’s go.’
Gary Cahill’s Reactions
Cahill stated that the Sunderland game was physical and that is their game, emphasizing that the team players needed to be on their toes. Cahill also said had the team broken through with a goal it would have been a different game.