Mourinho feared that Chelsea would throw valuable points away against Swansea City on Boxing Day due to his strikers’ inability to kill off a game.
With the defensive discipline and structure that Mourinho achieves, a two goal advantage is as good as game over for opposing sides - however the Blues have struggled in front of goal. Of Chelsea’s 11 victories so far this season, the club has only won 3 games by more than the odd goal.
'They kill me', Mourinho told reporters. 'Every game I am tired'.
Following the game against Swansea City Mourinho went even further: 'At half-time we should be relaxed with a comfortable result and we were not. The first thing that happens in the second half was the biggest chance of the game and after that we had a clear penalty (not given).
'If you read all these things you think we would go home with a comfortable result, but the time goes on and you don't score, and the opposition starts to believe'.
Chelsea average 17 shots per game, more than the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United - and only one less than free-scoring Manchester City. But with only five goals between Demba Ba, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres, it’s obvious where the problem lies.
The proclaimed Special One did, however, acknowledge that his strikers do play a part, and refused to publically criticise them after the match.
'They always give something to the team', he added. 'No winning goals, but they give what they can'.
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