Chelsea's Mourinho rediscovers winning feeling
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
José Mourinho said he had forgotten how it felt to be victorious after his Chelsea side's 4-0 win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, his opposite number warning of a different outcome next time.
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- José Mourinho says he "forgot" what it felt like to win
- Chelsea manager Mourinho praises "aggressive" players after 4-0 Group G victory
- Maccabi coach Slaviša Jokanović warns of "a different result" next time
José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
I forgot the feeling [of winning], it's been so long. It's a good feeling. The penalty we missed was a big test for us, because when everything goes against you and you start a game that you have to win and after five minutes you miss a penalty ... So I think it was a good test of the character of the team. I'm happy with the performance and the result.
To wake up tomorrow after a defeat, to train again after a defeat, two days before we play a derby against Arsenal – it would have been very difficult.
The team was more aggressive, without the ball and with the ball. When the team lost the ball there was a very good reaction to try to recover it immediately to try to force the mistakes. With the ball we moved it well. I know what you are thinking – we didn't beat Barcelona or Bayern Munich – but we played a team that came here to make it difficult for us, and we played very well.
Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach
It's positive, this is a new competition for us. The first game we play away against one of the most important teams in the world. They dominated us and they deserved to win the game, but we must learn and over the next five years I expect us to improve.
This is the Champions League, it's a different level. In front of us we are fighting against a very important and a very strong team. My team were probably a little bit impressed to begin with, with what was around them and we made a few mistakes.
I expect a different game [when we play them again] and I expect a different result. But there is a long time in front of us before then.