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Chelsea morning news: Mourinho defends his 'professional' players

A round up of the key news stories centring around Chelsea this morning.

Jose Mourinho has leapt to the defence of his players following a 2-1 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

The Blues were the heavy favourites to get their campaign off to a winning start but they were edged out by the experienced Swiss side.

“When we lose I don’t speak about the players or individuals. I speak about my responsibility. I’m happy with the three strikers for the rest of the season. The players are good players and good professionals,” said Mourinho after the game.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has given his own reaction to the game calling the loss a big shock.

Cahill played in the heart of Chelsea’s defence which often looked stretched as a result of Basel’s fast paced counter attacking game.

“A big shock. I think we gave them a bit too much room all over the pitch. In the first half we were in control of the game but in the second half we didn’t quite step it up that level,” Cahill told Sky Sports.

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In other news, on loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says he’s desperate to prove a point to Chelsea boss Mourinho.

Lukaku is on loan with Everton for the rest of the season, which has been met with criticism and confusion from several sections of Chelsea supporters.

Lukaku takes full responsibility for pushing for the move and says he came to the conclusion after talks with the boss.

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