Chelsea manager José Mourinho has bemoaned his side’s “lack of personality” in the aftermath of the Blue’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns Tuesday night, the Guardian reports.
Victor Anichebe scored an 87th minute equalizer to deny Chelsea the opportunity of moving four points clear at the top to the table, and the Portuguese sees this as evidence they are not the “complete team”.
They were ahead through a Branislav Ivanovic goal in the first half, but Mourinho’s men weren’t able to close out the game and it proved costly for the current league leaders.
“We were not strong enough to kill the game. They had a reaction and we couldn’t cope with the reaction,” Mourinho stated.
“We started being too deep. I was feeling that, even if I put some attacking players on it wouldn’t help because the team were really under pressure and it looked impossible for my defenders to get out of the first third of the pitch.
“We gave them the ball and were waiting for them to put it in the box. That’s not our game. It’s not how we feel comfortable. A little bit of a lack of personality, perhaps. We must have the personality to get out of our half, to not accept that pressure or to play that long in the last third of the pitch. So a bit of everything.”
Mourinho has commented lately that his team are not the main title challengers, and that this result proves it so.
“A ‘ready’ team, a complete team, kills this game. 2-0. Goodbye. We didn’t,” the manager said.