‘I hope they don’t get used to it – big clubs stop being big clubs’: Jose Mourinho warns Chelsea not to accept defeats as fans clap players off after Liverpool loss
- Liverpool overcame Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in entertaining game
- Blues fought back into contest well and pushed Jurgen Klopp’s side hard
- Fans were enamored by performance and applauded players off the pitch
- Jose Mourinho warned fans not to adopt a mentality where losing is acceptable
Jose Mourinho warned Chelsea fans against readily accepting defeats because ‘big clubs stop being big clubs’.
The former Blues boss watched on from Sky’s studio as Liverpool held on to win 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Frank Lampard’s side pushed hard in the second half and played well enough for many fans inside the ground to applaud them off the pitch despite losing the game.
Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea fans against readily accepting defeats this season
The Blues went down 2-1 against Liverpool but some supporters applauded them off
And although many will feel the new regime and Lampard’s youthful side deserved acclaim for their display, Mourinho thinks they have to be wary of changing mentality too much.
He said: ‘I hope they don’t get used to it (losing) – that’s the important thing.
‘When you start accepting defeats just because your team play well and your players gave it their best, in terms of their application and commitment.
‘I think when you get used to it, big clubs stop being big clubs. It shows people are ready for the season and ready to accept what the season is going to be under a manager who is one of the best professionals and a potentially top manager.
Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead and they resisted a late onslaught
‘The numbers say Liverpool are 10 points ahead of Chelsea – they aren’t going to fight for the title,’ he added.
Mourinho is still out of work having lost his job as Manchester United manager last year.
The Portuguese is clearly well placed to talk about Chelsea having managed the club for five years across two separate spells.
Liverpool’s victory means the Blues, who have been forced to trust in youth by their transfer ban, are still yet to win a game at Stamford Bridge under Lampard.
They host Grimsby in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday and will be odds on to break that hoodoo.
Frank Lampard is still searching for his first victory as Chelsea boss at home