Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blasted his players after the Blues’ 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, Daily Star reports.
The Portuguese boss was frustrated by a very tenacious Reds side and has lamented the missed opportunities during the fixture.
Eden Hazard put the current Premier League leaders in front with an 18th minute penalty, however Raheem Sterling pulled the game back on level terms with an amazing solo goal to finish the game 1-1 heading into the second-leg at Stamford Bridge.
Commenting over the match, Mourinho said: “It’s a draw. I am not sad as a defeat, not as happy as a victory.
“My emotion is in the middle. I’m not saying we are favourites now.
“This semi-final was two legs and now it’s only one match and that’s at Stamford Bridge.
“We defended well and our goalkeeper was good.
“It was a bit frustrating because the way Liverpool play we recovered lots of balls, and caught them lots of times with just three defenders, but we missed lots of passes in transitions that could have been dangerous.”
On the contrary, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers praised his side for their impressive performance, in which he believed they should have won.
“I’m delighted with the performance, disappointed with the result. We thoroughly deserved to win the game.
“We showed wonderful character.
“Some of our play was very impressive and it sets up the second leg perfectly because they’ve probably got to open up a bit more.
“It’s still all to play for. It was a great game and that shows the improvements that we’re making.”
The second leg will be played on Tuesday the 27th next week at Stamford Bridge.