LONDON – Chelsea midfielder Oscar has told his teammates that they must respond quickly after their shock defeat in the Champions League last night.
The Blues lost 2-1 to Swiss champions Basel in their opening match of Group E, having led at the break thanks to the Brazilian’s opener.
“We played well in the first half and at the start of the second, but we conceded a goal that destabilised the team and then fell behind,” Oscar said.
“It happens, but we do have to make up for it in the next game with a win. The system worked well today, but the ball just would not go in the net; we hit the bar, [Eden] Hazard went close. We had plenty of chances to make it 2-0 but ended up losing.”
The loss marks Chelsea’s worst start to a season under Roman Abramovich.
Oscar broke the deadlock for Chelsea on the stroke of half-time with a fine finish into the bottom corner after being played in by Frank Lampard.
The Brazilian struck the crossbar with a wonderful effort early in the second period and there were also chances for Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, but Chelsea never looked fully in control and they were pegged back in the 71st minute by a curling shot from Mohamed Salah.
Basel were not content to hold on for a point, though, and were rewarded for their adventure eight minutes from time when Marco Streller’s near-post header from a corner crept past Petr Cech and ruined Mourinho’s big European return.
Mourinho insisted after the loss there was no need to panic.
“I am the manager, I am responsible for everything,” he said.
“Especially after a bad result. In the good moments I want everyone to shine, in the bad moments I want everyone to keep calm.
“Tomorrow I will not wake up with a smile on my face but at seven o’clock I will work hard to get three points against Fulham.
“In the next match, we go to Bucharest (in the Champions League), we have to get the points to put us in the Champions League. We don’t want to play in the Europa League,” he added. (Sky)