Chelsea latest: Mourinho 'big crying' not an option, Hazard - Blues were weaker, more

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'We didn't defend the same way,' Mourinho offered as the simple explanation as to how Chelsea were unable to replicate their disciplined 1-0 winning performance over Manchester City in the Premier League a dozen of days prior to City's revenge in the FA Cup, in the same venue - the Etihad Stadium, as Manuel Pellegrini's men scored a 2-0 triumph.

'We didn't defend with the same concentration and the same balance,' said Mourinho on the club's official website. 'Our defensive line was too far back, too deep, and we want to press as it is what we do very well, pressing the opponent in the opponent's half. We never did that on Saturday and defensive freshness was also clear.'

Mourinho is insistent that, despite the defeat, the Blues will pick themselves up in order to prepare for Everton, whom they host on Saturday and will begin preparing for when they return to training on Tuesday.

'I don't like to lose but when I lose, instead of big crying I want the next match to come, I want to play, I want to try to have again the taste of the victory. I am never down with a defeat and I want to start working towards the next match, and hopefully I can pass to them this kind of spirit, this kind of message.'

While Mourinho pointed to an alternative defensive situation and performance between the two City games, but the Portuguese also highlighted the apparent plight of Eden Hazard.

'My team didn't play so well and we couldn't get Hazard into positions where he could be a threat. The kid tried everything by dropping back and trying to bring the game to them, because in the league game, in Willian, Matic and Ramires we had people able to bring the game, people to go into the midfield so Hazard was in positions to attack the space and to attack Zabaleta.

'But on Saturday the ball was not arriving, so Hazard was dropping back into the midfield to try and it was more difficult to beat one, two then three guys. He tried everything.'

Also speaking on, Hazard commented: 'We were hoping to repeat the performance from two weeks ago but it wasn't the same match. Collectively we were worse because individually we were not good. I didn't play as well and we didn't play as well. That can happen. I would like to play like I did [in the league] every match, every weekend, but it's not always possible.

'Especially in the first half we could have done better with some phases of play. Maybe it was a lack of confidence but it was not our day.'

Finally, Mourinho pointed to the inconsistent reports he is fed by the club's medical staff, with the Standard's headline reporting: 'Mourinho takes a swipe at Chelsea's medics over John Terry injury'.

The Standard quote Jose to have said: 'The medical department always tell me he looks like he’s ready. I was told that probably he would play this game [City]. He didn’t, so now they say for sure he plays the next game. But I don’t know.'

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