Mohamed Salah's 87th minute goal — his third in Basel's last three matches against Chelsea — gave the Swiss club a 1-0 win against Chelsea in their penultimate Champions League group-stage match. It was Basel's second win over Chelsea this season, but it wasn't enough from keeping Jose Mourinho's side from remaining atop the Group E table and sealing a place in the knockout stages.
Immediately after Salah's late goal, Mourinho summed up Chelsea's performance by laying his head against his hands and pretending to be asleep. It was a wholly uninspired performance from Chelsea after beating West Ham 3-0 at the weekend and Mourinho knew it. After the match, he blamed himself for the defeat and said the players were tired.
From Sky Sports:
Mourinho claimed he could see from the first minute his side were not right, and when asked what he did not like about the display he replied: "Everything.
"I didn't like it from the first minute, we started with a defensive mistake immediately, the first time we were in the game we made a defensive mistake - I think we only had a little bit of stability and control in second-half but I felt the team was tired. [...]
"I think the team paid today the price for their international 15 days," he continued.
"The match against West Ham was crucial and everyone played a great intense game but I think today we paid a price, they were tired.
"There was no reaction, wrong decisions - so I am not so sad with them as I understand, the team was not fresh and maybe I should make more changes in the team."
A win at home against Steaua Bucharest on December 11 will ensure Chelsea finish first in the group and prevent Jose from taking a longer nap while they play.
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