Chelsea drew their first game in the Champions League after they conceded their first half lead late on in the match against Schalke, in a game that ended with a 1-1 scoreline.
Manager Jose Mourinho was left to rue the missed chances after the game. Chelsea are still undefeated this season as they’ve won all four of their Premier League games and now have drawn Schalke. Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for Chelsea but Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored in the second half to earn Schalke a point and Mourinho felt that his side should have put the game to bed before Huntelaar’s leveller.
“Yes I think we did enough to win we had chances to score 2-0 before the 1-1 and after 1-1 we had more than a couple of fantastic chances to win the game but we couldn’t win.
“But we have a point, we didn’t lose which is not the best result but it is a result – it is a point.”
“In the second half they scored and we had a good reaction so nothing to complain with my players, nothing at all. I think we had great chances to score the second goal,” added Mourinho.
“I remember clearly Fabregas in the first half and Didier [Drogba] in the second half. 2-0 the game is over and probably we are speaking about three or four, but we didn’t and that’s football. In the second half they scored and we had a good reaction so nothing to complain with my players, nothing at all.”
Mourinho also backed Drogba to bounce back from a disappointing night in front of goal. The Chelsea striker should have scored his first goal of this campaign.
“He did a positive game, he had a good contribution. Imagine he scores that goal by inches and we are speaking about 2-0 and we are speaking about Didier scoring again in the Champions League but football is about this. He has lots of experience, for sure he is not now crying because of that miss he is stable, he is confident we all are confident.”
Mourinho also revealed Diego Costa did not start the game for Chelsea because he needed to be rested ahead of Sunday’s big clash with Manchester City.
“He is not in condition to play three matches in a week,” said Mourinho.
“In this moment he has problems when he plays one game he needs a week to recover and to be in conditions to start the next game and now matches Tuesdays, Wednesdays he can’t do it so today he was not in conditions to do more than what he did.
“If he starts the game maybe I have to change after 20, 25 minutes I was not thinking about Sunday I was thinking about today; simply he was not in best condition to play.”