Jose Mourinho unhappy with Branislav Ivanovic
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has claimed that Jose Mourinho was extremely unhappy with the player’s performance in the recent 1-1 draw against Maribor.
Chelsea could have sealed qualification to the last 16 stages of the Champions League with a victory against the Slovenian outfit. However, they only managed a point and will have to wait until the next match in order to confirm their progress. Even though Chelsea are undefeated in the season so far, Mourinho was unhappy with the slow start made by his players in this match. Ivanovic, who has been a regular for Chelsea since the return of Mourinho, says that Mourinho wanted Chelsea to be more offensive in the second half.
The blues did produce a great response in the second 45 minutes, but it was not enough to see them get all three points. Eden Hazard was especially wasteful, although Mourinho later praised him as being one of the best players on the pitch, and he missed a penalty in the dying moments that would have changed the outcome. The blues next take on Schalke, who are managed by the former boss Roberto di Matteo, and it is unlikely to be an easy encounter. The German club have found their feet under di Matteo and will be providing a formidable opposition.
“He was not happy and at half-time he showed it. He told us exactly what he wanted in the second-half. We tried to play more offensive. He wanted to win the game and we tried to do that.For us, it was a massive game. It was very important and we didn’t win. It is a reminder. We know how our performance has to be to get the points. If we play like that against Liverpool, we know it’s not possible to win,” said Ivanovic.