JOSE Mourinho launched a withering attack on the lack of atmosphere generated by Chelseaâ€™s home supporters after their 2-1 victory against QPR, saying it felt like his side were playing at an â€œempty stadiumâ€.
â€œEveryone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans,â€ he told TalkSport. â€œBut at this moment itâ€™s difficult for us to play at home, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium.
â€œThe team then starts playing like itâ€™s a quiet, soft game at home. Itâ€™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. Thatâ€™s what is frustrating.â€
Oscarâ€™s opening goal for Chelsea came two minutes after the floodlights had been switched on â€“ a moment that Mourinho said helped enlivened the quiet crowd. â€œI 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.
â€œWhen we scored was when I realised: â€˜Woah, the stadium is full. Good.â€™â€
Mourinho also admitted being culpable for his teamâ€™s lack of impetus. He added: â€œIt was my responsibility. I was not intense, they were not intense.â€ – The Guardian