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Chelsea got an important victory against Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as goals from Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso sealed the three points for the Blues and thus extended our gap at the top of the table to four points.
At half-time, Chelsea were up by a goal lead, and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho told his players that Chelsea weren’t playing well and there were lots of gaps in the team’s play.
“I think they were in trouble,” Mourinho said in his press conference after the game. “I thought that. I told the boys that. Even at half-time, I didn’t see a very strong and compact Chelsea.
“I could see fragility, lots of space to play but the reality is they played with three at the back with big Rudiger, Christensen… aggressive, very difficult for us to get through.”
Mourinho chose not to criticise his players as he revealed that he was pleased with their display.
“I am proud of the players and their efforts. I am proud to see them fight until the last second. It is very difficult to do better than what we did, especially conceding a goal before we score.
“We had our opportunities to score but when we are 1-0 down it is very difficult because we don’t have that power. And with minutes going on and on, the fatigue of people like Lucas and Bergwijn is going to be bigger and bigger.
“How can I search more than we are doing? There is nothing more to search. The hopes are always the same hopes. The boys fight until the end and if we can score before the opponent, the game can be a little bit different. But when an opponent scores before us, they compact, and it’s very difficult. We don’t have the presence, the movement, the creation.”