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Mourinho: 'At home a draw is only a good result in special circumstances'

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It's easy to focus on the negatives.  Branislav Ivanovic had his worst game since ... well, perhaps ever.  Certainly the worst since we faced Swansea City, incidentally, in the League Cup semifinal two and a half years ago.  Thibaut Courtois dangled a leg at the worst time.  Cesc Fàbregas and the rest of our midfield was a gaping maw that said 'feed me' to Shelvey and Co.  Willian was more Old-Willian than New-Willian.  Eden Hazard took the first half off (though was brilliant in the second, just like Oscar was brilliant in the first).  We were reminded that our defense is mostly old and slow.

But despite all those negatives, and being down to 10 men for most of the second half, we still managed to hang on to a point.  When Gomis slotted home the penalty kick, I was expecting a loss.  That I was disappointed to not have found a winner by the end of the match speaks to our spirit and attitude.  Mourinho drew attention to this after the match as well.

"If you have one player less but you are happy with the result, you have a certain approach and normally you can hide the fact you have one player less."

"When you have one player less and you want to try to win it's different; you expose yourself more, the attacking players arrive at a moment where they are so tired they cannot keep the lines compact and it's difficult to press. It changes a lot. The good thing for me was that it was a very good first half and in the second half we fought to get a result."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

We even threw on a second striker for the last 10 minutes to try to nick all three points — that we were doing so with Falcao is perhaps not ideal, but it's the thought that counts, right?  Mourinho's record at the Bridge is legendary, but he was going for the win rather than simply shutting up shop.

"Even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible I never played for a draw, never. So, if today we lose, we lose, but at home a draw is only a good result in special circumstances. For example, last season, when we were almost champions a draw against Man United would have been a good result. Apart from that, at home we play to win, and we tried that, it's normal."

"The players know it's a bad result but they also know that one point is one point and playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult. Fundamentally they know that I'm happy with the quality they had in the first half and the spirit they had in the second half, so we are in peace but we are not happy with the result."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

It's certainly not the best result with which to go into next weekend's match at the Etihad against Manchester City.  But it's still just one game in the grand scheme of things.  Onwards and upwards!

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