Aug 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho before the game against AS Roma at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Mourinho accepts blame for Chelsea's loss in the Champions League


Chelsea and their new manager Jose Mourinho were stunned at Stamford Bridge by FC Basel, losing the first match of Champions League group play 2-1.

“I am the manager, I am responsible for everything, especially in the bad moments,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“In the good moments I want everyone to shine. In the bad moments, I want everyone to keep calm, to keep in the shadow and let me take responsibility for that.

“Of course we are not happy, but to play football in good moments is good fun and is easy for everybody. In the difficult moment is when you see the man, when you see the character, the personality. So let’s wait for Fulham and try to clean what we couldn’t do today.

“I will wake up at 7am in the morning, I go to Cobham (Chelsea training ground) and try to get three points against Fulham. In the Champions League, we go to Bucharest next and then we have a double fixture against Schalke and we have to get the points we need to make progress in the Champions League because we don’t want to be in the Europa League.”

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich even stopped by Mourinho’s dressing room after the game. Chelsea has been known to drop the hammer quickly. They fired manager Roberto Di Matteo after he won Champions League, just months after taking over Chelsea after they fired manager André Villas-Boas.

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