VIDEO: Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho praises tactics of QPR in late win
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had nothing but praise for the defense and tactics of Queens Park Rangers as the Blues needed an 88th minute goal from Cesc Fabregas to come out victorious. Mourinho, however, was also proud of his team for sticking with an attacking mentality until the end as Chelsea searches for the Premier League title.
“It’s only the second time we’ve won in the last minutes of the game. We did it against Everton and QPR today, and during a season when something good is going to arrive, you need a couple of these days.”
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Mourinho praised the tactics of QPR manager Chris Ramsey, saying he formulated his team well and the squad executed his tactics expertly, nearly causing Chelsea to take drastic measures in the absence of a striker.
“Today if the result was nil nil, I wouldn’t be surprised because we controlled them very, very well but they also controlled us very, very well too,” Mourinho said. “They played an extra midfield player than they normally do, a good strategy by Ramsey, and the game was going in this direction and in the moment [late in the game] I was going to play [defender Kurt] Zouma as a striker...but when I was going to make that change we scored a goal.”
Finally, Mourinho refused to admit the title was Chelsea’s to lose despite a seven point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.
“No we need 11 points, it’s as simple as that. So our situation is good but we have big matches to play, and when I say big matches I’m not saying Manchester United, Arsenal, or Liverpool, every match is a big match for us.”