Mou pragmatic about unbeaten run


Published: Saturday 8th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accepts his side’s unbeaten run will not last forever but victory at Liverpool has only reinforced their position as title contenders.

Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa, with his 10th of the season, saw the Stamford Bridge side recover from Emre Can’s first goal for the Reds to record a 2-1 win at Anfield.

It made it 11 games unbeaten from the start of the campaign and consolidated their position at the top of the table, but Mourinho cannot see his side emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ from 2003-04.

“I think it is possible to be champion – before the season started we considered ourselves contenders but in modern football, especially in the Premier League, I don’t believe in an unbeaten run,” said the Portuguese.

“It is a good start and I believe my team can keep this stability.

“One day we will lose and the next game we will win again and one day we will play badly because it is the nature of the game but we will recover the quality of our game.

“I know that the negative moment will arrive, the defeat will arrive, and we are prepared for that.

“At this moment we are a happy camp. One day the defeat arrives and when it does we will be the same.”

It is easy to be happy when you are top of the table but after a third defeat in a week, coming on the back of reverses at Newcastle and then Real Madrid in the Champions League, the spotlight is on Brendan Rodgers.

After making seven changes in the Bernabeu with a view to fielding his strongest side in this fixture the Liverpool boss was unrepentant having seen his masterplan fail.

“I would hopefully win the three games,” he said when asked what he would do differently.

“We plan and prepare the team the best we can so I wouldn’t do anything different, we just didn’t get the results.

“Hopefully this will be an experience for us this week and we can use that to be better going forward.”

Rodgers felt his side deserved a draw from the match after Steven Gerrard’s late shot appeared to hit the arm of Cahill.

Having seen Chelsea’s opener awarded via the goal decision system Rodgers felt slightly aggrieved the officials has not spotted the incident.

“The technology coming into the game has been great: sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it works against you,” he said.

“It is bitterly disappointing for us that there was a big decision in a big game that we didn’t get.

“It was a clear handball – and you need to get that. If we weren’t going to get it (a goal) from open play we should have got it from the penalty spot.

“The referee had a clear look at it but he maybe needed some help from his linesman.”

In terms of technology Mourinho could at least say he has now benefited from a close call at Anfield having continually railed against Luis Garcia’s goal in a 2005 Champions League tie which he still argues did not cross the line.

“I didn’t know it was a goal,” he said of Cahill’s effort.

“Goalline technology is simple. It costs money but it is simple. You don’t have to stop the game, it is a decision in seconds. The truth is what everyone wants.

“Everyone knows it was a true goal and I think this is fantastic for us as professionals, for the crowd and the referee because without goalline technology it is difficult for them to make a decision.

“It (technology) is more complicated in the game itself. In Maribor (on Wednesday) they had one referee two metres from the goal and there is a clear penalty and no-one gives it so even with an additional referee is it difficult.

“So anything which helped them to be better – they want to be perfect – I think is welcome.”

Published: Saturday 8th November 2014 by The News Editor

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