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Mourinho hails his players' performance; derides media stupidity

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Chelsea went out of the League Cup at the second hurdle on a somewhat cold and rainy Tuesday day in Stoke.  It's not an ideal result at certainly just about the worst time, but if we divorce ourselves from context and match results, it was a pretty good performance overall.  Unfortunately, it's results that matter, and for the first time in a long time, even the media happen to agree with that philosophy.

Continuing along those lines, Mourinho blasted the media for showing his players a tremendous lack of respect.

There were certainly plenty more positives to take from individual performances on the night.  The two young substitute wingers looked hungry and confident, the senior starters showed some of their old desire, and while our full backs remain a bit of a liability, we were unlucky to not be well out of sight by the half-time whistle.

Mourinho then went on to absolve Eden Hazard of any penalty blame — though our "best penalty taker" has now missed 4 in a row for club and country — while confirming that he'll sleep well, take the day off, and prepare as normal for the crucial weekend clash against Liverpool.

And there's not much more to say beyond that.  An emotionally exhausting 2+ hours for the fans, and no doubt a physically exhausting, frustrating night for the players.  One day we'll look back and laugh at all these ridiculous results.