West Brom 1 Chelsea 1: Manager Jose Mourinho blames 'a lack of personality' for draw at West Brom

The two points dropped could see Chelsea overhauled by Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League

The Hawthorns

Jose Mourinho conceded that his team lacked “a bit of personality” in failing to see out victory at the Hawthorns, where Victor Anichebe’s late equaliser denied them victory.

Chelsea lead the Premier League by two points but Arsenal and Manchester City can both overhaul them with wins on Wednesday night. Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea a first half lead but they failed to score a second and were denied the win when Anichebe got away from David Luiz to head past Petr Cech.

Mourinho said his team had given West Brom “the chance to feel more comfortable and [have] no fear. At the same time, my defensive line started playing too deep, too far back. We gave them the ball and were waiting for them to put it in the box. That's not our game. It's not how we feel comfortable. A lack of personality, perhaps. We must have the personality to get out, to not accept that pressure or to play that long in the last third. So a bit of everything. Their goal gives some truth to their reaction.”

He said that it demonstrated his side were not favourites for the title. “A ready [experienced] team, a complete team, kills this game,” he said. “Two-nil. Goodbye. We didn't.”

Mourinho dismissed the importance of a row between Cech and Ivanovic in the second half. “I don't know what happened, but what happened was good. I like it. I like the players to have emotion and, if someone has made a mistake, I like they speak between them.”

He added: “I think in the first half we had complete control without creating many chances, but complete control. Cech made not one save, their strikers not one shot, everything in control, passing the ball and waiting for spaces to open. It opened in the second half, but we were not strong enough to kill the game.

“They had a reaction and we couldn't cope with the reaction. The team stayed back. We started being too deep. I was feeling that, even if I put some attacking players on it wouldn't help because the team were really under pressure and it looked impossible for my defenders to get out of the first third of the pitch.”

Pepe Mel, still without a win at West Brom, was satisfied with his team’s performance. He said: “I'm proud of my players. It is good to have different halves: the first half, good defence and only two chances for Chelsea; and the second half, good transition, good attack and defence, and good mentality. If West Brom scored a goal earlier, we'd have gone on to win the match.

“It's the best performance we've had. Chelsea are a good team, and the players have a good mentality to win. Tomorrow is a day off and then we'll travel to Spain and, for me, it's like pre-season.”

 

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor