Chelsea recorded their fifth loss of the season on Tuesday in a Champions League group stage match away to Porto. You had Drogba, Terry and Lampard who other players could look to, and they would turn around and say, Listen I’ve been here before, don’t worry, follow me, we’ll be all right and get through this and weather the storm’. “I think we have to continue to fight, to train, to stay concentrated because we have more games coming”.
“The game required more so we suffered a goal in the final part of the first half“.
“It will be a pleasure for me to play against him and for sure it will be a great game”.
Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho too was critical of his players and termed them having unstable attitude in the press conference.
Ferdinand feels the current Chelsea side lack the self-belief of old Mourinho teams because a few of the players are not sure about their place in the eleven, which has contributed to their tentative performances this season. “It’s easy to make drastic decisions after a disaster, but this is harder”.
“The basic thing in football is a defensive set-play, the ball is there, you know the movements, control the spaces”.
“Defeats always rouse the team more and our aim this season is to go as far as possible and, if possible, to win it because we have the potential”, said the 26-year-old.
Casillas was making his a record 152nd Champions League appearance for the hosts, who overcame their Premier League opponents 2-1 thanks to goals from Andre Andre and captain Maicon.
Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic were dropped from the side that drew 2-2 with Newcastle on Saturday, although both came off the bench against Porto. “We were punished”, he told reporters, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
However, the Blues fell behind for a second time when Maicon scored from a corner seven minutes after the break, a goal that would prove to be the difference between the two sides.
“But we see what can happen in the Premier League“.
“Because the result doesn’t mean we played bad. Good feelings, happiness, self-esteem – the players need that to play“, he added.
Thompson also thought it was a mistake by Mourinho not to have another striker among his substitutes in case his team found themselves in a losing position late on.