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Jose Mourinho Questions Presence Of Chelsea Supporters In Defeat Of QPR

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JOSE Mourinho launched a withering attack on the lack of atmosphere generated by Chelsea’s home supporters after their 2-1 victory against QPR, saying it felt like his side were playing at an “empty stadium”.

“Everyone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans,” he told TalkSport. “But at this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium.

“The team then starts playing like it’s a quiet, soft game at home. It’s difficult to get that strong start where the players, team and fans [are all together]. I was today looking around and it was empty, but not in terms of people because it was obviously full. That’s what is frustrating.”

Oscar’s opening goal for Chelsea came two minutes after the floodlights had been switched on – a moment that Mourinho said helped enlivened the quiet crowd. “I think the man responsible for the lights was in the same mood as the crowd, because everybody was sleeping. He took 20 minutes to understand that it was dark, but I took 30 minutes to understand that the stadium was not empty.

“When we scored was when I realised: ‘Woah, the stadium is full. Good.’”

Mourinho also admitted being culpable for his team’s lack of impetus. He added: “It was my responsibility. I was not intense, they were not intense.” – The Guardian

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