Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he feared that Chelsea might have lost points against Swansea because of the missed chances.
Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the match to secure full three points for the Stamford Bridge side. Mourinho’s players created many chances to have put the Swans to the behind by halftime, with striker Samuel Eto’o particularly pitiable in front of goal.
“They kill me,” Mourinho told media. “Every game I am tired. At halftime we should be relaxed with a comfortable result and we were not. The first thing that happens in the second half was the biggest chance of the game and after that we had a clear penalty [not given]. If you read all these things you think we would go home with a comfortable result but the time goes on and you don’t score, and the opposition starts to believe. But the boys worked hard defensively in that part of the game, and the biggest responsibility for the lack of goals was the goalkeeper, who made three or four tremendous saves.”
Despite missing chances to score goals, The Special One refused to criticize his strikers though. “They always give something to the team,” he added. “No winning goals, but they give what they can.”
Mourinho had special praise for the man of the match Hazard’s willingness to dig in as Swansea searched for an equalizer in the latter stages of the game having shone as an attacking might for most of the contest.
“He gave everything and his last action in the game was defending against their left back in our box in a situation of danger.When I took him off he was exhausted.”
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, however, said that it was impractical to anticipate Chelsea not to have periods of domination on home turf.
“In terms of chances I think it is more or less what I expected,” he said. “You will not create lots in these games. When you play teams like this they have quality players that will make the difference. I thought the intention from Chelsea (after the goal) would be to try to finish the game off. But i think we came okay in the game again and the fact that we were in there until the last second was positive.”
Chelsea Want Nemanja Matic Back
Reports in English daily Mirror has claimed that Chelsea are open to re-sign their former player Nemanja Matic from Portuguese club Benfica.
Nemanja Matic moved to Benfica as part of the David Luiz deal in 2011.
Manchester United have also been tracking Matic, 25, who is available for around £20m following Benfica’s exit from the Champions League.
Markovic is seen as one of Benfica’s best prospects and could be left on loan in Portugal until the end of the season.
Benfica are also ready to do a double deal with Blues to help ease the financial crisis facing the Portuguese giants.
The cash-strapped Portuguese club have put a £12million price tag on Serbian Winger Lazar Markovic, 19, and claim they are in discussions with Chelsea about a January switch.