Jose Mourinho has posited that Manchester City’s 3-0 win against Chelsea at the Etihad was not a true reflection of the whole game.
Reacting to his team’s first loss of the season, Mourinho described the 3-0 scoreline as fake.
“The best team in the first half won the game,”
“The best team in the second half was Chelsea for sure. We had a difficult first half, we didn’t create a lot and our goalkeeper made a few important saves.
“Second half everything was different. If the 1-0 was a doubtful result at minute 70, 3-0 is completely fake. At 1-0 Chelsea were the best team for the whole second half.”
Mourinho went on to criticise some of City’s substitution.
“They make a change because they feel 1-0 is in danger and we concede a second goal. If 1-1 a different story, their team is in trouble.
“Their decision to bring on (centre-back) Martin Demichelis is an intelligent change, the sort of change I get criticised for all the time.
“Their midfield was in trouble, probably they should finish the game with nine men. In the end I have to be happy with the second half we did. That is not enough to win the game.”
He also gave his reasons for removing captain John Terry for Kurt Zouma.
“John Terry [had no injury]. It was just a decision. I know that Kurt Zouma is the fastest defender Chelsea have,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports.
“He is a player of my total trust. With me he was never substituted but, with other managers, he was not even playing. Some people thought his career was over. If anyone has the free mind to make this decision, I am the one because I’m the one who gave him the chance to be what he is: a fantastic player and captain.
“I left him out because, tactically, I had to make a change. Sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong but I think I was right. We controlled the counterattack completely afterwards. My decision was proven right.
“John is Chelsea captain, for sure, and a player with my entire confidence, for sure.”