's cookie policy has been updated. Our website has been developed in a way to allow you to read all our articles even when cookies are disabled but third party cookies may be placed on your machine to track your use of our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive these cookies, alternatively, click "TELL ME MORE" for more information including opt-out instructions.

LATEST NEWS 11:37 Would Harry Kane Thrive Overseas? He is one of the hottest properties around in English football and rumours persist that he is high on Real ... 15:45 Mauricio Pochettino admits draw against Liverpool is a fair result Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Liverpool was a ...

Arsene Wenger insists: Olivier Giroud is not just a substitute here at Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes striker Olivier Giroud can still be an asset in his squad this season. The Frenchman has struggled to enjoy regular first team football at the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger admits Top Four finish is difficult for Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says a Top Four finish will not be easy to achieve for his side despite a vital 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough. The Gunners are currently sixth in the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger explains when striker Lucas will be back in action Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has no new injury concerns after the mid-week draw at home against Paris Saint-Germain. Defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Santi Cazorla are... - Read article

Chelsea Jersey
» News

Jose Mourinho on the draw and Ruben Loftus-Cheek's debut


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says the 1-1 draw at home against Liverpool is a "fair result".

It was Chelsea's first game since they were crowned champions last week after victory over Crystal Palace.

And the Portuguese admits he expected his players not to show the usual level of intensity after they celebrated the title last week.

"After being champions, celebrating and having a couple of days off, it's normal for your intensity to go down a bit," Mourinho said.

"We played to our limits for many weeks to reach the title as soon as possible.

"I knew today was going to be difficult for some players because people like Mikel, Ruben, Filipe and Remy haven't been playing a lot, so it's difficult for them to play 90 minutes at this level.

"People like Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, they are playing too much, so it's also difficult for them to keep that intensity for 90 minutes, but we gave them a game and we did what we had to do.

"In the first half we were by far the better team. Liverpool were more aggressive with the ball in the second half and I think it was a fair result."

19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek was handed his first Chelsea start against the Reds and the Portuguese was happy with the performance of the youngster.

"I think he did well but I think it's better for him to play 60 minutes and leave the pitch in good condition then to stay on until the end, because in the second half Liverpool had more of the ball, Coutinho was getting between the lines and attacking the space," Mourinho explained.

"It was a fantastic experience for him to feel the intensity and speed in which he has to compete so I'm happy. He's going to be a Chelsea player, no doubt, and we have other kids I believe can do it as well.

"The intensity of the game was different to what he is used to. In the second half he was chasing more, so I'd prefer to give him a good hour rather than a difficult last 20-25 minutes."

Featured in article
Jose Mourinho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek