If there is a looming, early crisis at Stamford Bridge, inimitable Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hiding it pretty well.
Considering the last few days, and considering his odd, sometimes testy exchange with press before Wednesday’s Champions League contest with Basel … and considering that Chelsea lost to the heavy Swiss underdogs to begin Champions League group play, his post-game performance could have been epic.
This was Chelsea’s first loss at Stamford Bridge home in Champions League group play since 2003. And it comes just days after the Blues fell for the first time this year in Premier League play, dropping a 1-0 match to Everton. So, how is he feeling?
I am not in shock. Football is a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I am not happy with the result. We had a lot of the ball but couldn’t create many chances.
“Emotionally this is not a very mature team. They responded with some heart but it was not enough. The same people that lost the match are the same people that need to react.”
Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp also sounded surprisingly subdued considering he very nearly became the first manager in the history of the world to actually, literally explode into brilliant flames right on the field.
Also in Champions League group play, Klopp was apoplectic that match officials declined to immediately allow defender Neven Subotic back on the field after treatment along the sideline. As Dortmund attempted to get Subotic back in, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain scored … from the very area Subotic would have been patrolling.
If you haven’t seen Klopp, an animated character anyway, twisting off in the fourth official’s face, it’s below – and it is worth watching. Meanwhile, here’s what he had to say, according to the official UEFA site:
We definitely did not show our best today, but nothing is lost yet. We knew ahead of the game that Napoli were a very strong side. The second half performance was better and we managed to score a goal and hit the crossbar despite having a man less on the pitch. So not everything was bad today.”