Jose Mourinho critical of ball boys, says Chelsea “unlucky” as unbeaten run ends

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Following Chelsea’s shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday, Jose Mourinho had no complaints about his team losing for the first time this season

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It has taken the Blues 15 games to taste defeat in the Premier League this season, as Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse scored two second half goals. Chelsea pushed the Magpies all the way, especially late on, but have now lost their last three games at St James’ Park.

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Defeat for Mourinho’s men has given the rest of the PL hope that the runaway leaders can be caught as Manchester City and others pile up behind the Blues at the summit. Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Mourinho had no complaints about the defeat.

“No, I have no complaints. We were very unlucky,” Mourinho said. “We had lots of chances to score in the first half. We didn’t. In the second half we had chances. We didn’t score. They defend and the first time they go up they score a goal. After that, they had everybody behind against a team that tried everything and a team where every player went to the last second.”

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Mourinho was annoyed that the Newcastle ball boys kept the ball from his side every time it went of play and shared his frustration.

“Every time the ball goes out, the ball isn’t there. The ball boys run away, this kind of situation that is not part of the game,” Mourinho said. “You didn’t see that? The ball disappeared. They keep the ball, we want to play. This kind of strategy. I think there should have been more time added on. Even during the extra time they kept doing the same thing. It is very difficult for the referee to compete with it. It is the kind of strategy that is still part of the game.”

But after speaking about that nonsense, Mourinho put the shock defeat into perspective.

“We were very unlucky, we did not deserve this result.” Mourinho added. “But we have to accept it and have to move on. We have to ask all other 19 teams in the Premier League if they would like to be in our position. And I think they would be. There’s is only one leader and that is Chelsea.”