Chelsea's match against Sunderland today ended in a goalless draw as Sunderland maintained a very tight and impenetrable defense.
Jose Mourinho says Sunderland deserve plenty of credit for becoming the first side in any game this season to stop his team scoring.
A disciplined home defence limited the Blues to very few clear opportunities and when they came we could not convert. In his assessment of the game afterwards, Mourinho explained he would rather praise the opposition than criticise his own team…
‘It was a difficult match,’ the manager said. ‘We played a team that was preparing for this match for one week. They had a clear strategy.
‘Many people like to criticise defensive teams and I don’t do that. To be a good defensive team you need to do it well. We always tried to move the ball and get spaces but they defended very, very well - with a low block, nine guys behind the ball, with the wingers playing as full-backs. I praise them for their success with the clean sheet.
‘We are not happy with the point but we have to be mature and experienced enough to know in this league every match is difficult. I repeat they were playing for a clean sheet and they were successful.
‘I have no negative words for my players because they tried everything and they weren’t successful. At the end of the day one point for a team that tried and one point for a team that was successful I think is fair.’