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Champions League: Jose Mourinho angry as Chelsea mistakes prove costly on his return home to Porto

FC Porto 2-1 Chelsea

By Staff Reporter

Jose Mourinho highlighted two moments of madness as his return to former club Porto ended in a 2-1 Champions League defeat to continue Chelsea's miserable start to the season.

The Blues lost to Porto on Mourinho's first return in 2004-05 and history repeated itself at Estadio do Dragao as Andre Andre and Maicon scored either side of Willian's free-kick in the Group G clash.

Mourinho proved there were no untouchables in his squad by dropping Eden Hazard to the bench alongside captain John Terry and Nemanja Matic, but he spared his players from any biting criticism.

"We watch dozens and dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners," said Mourinho.

"We were completely ready for that and in a moment when the game is under control, we concede a goal that is ridiculous.

"They hit the post from a similar mistake. Apart from that the game was balanced. Two ridiculous moments and we were punished.

"The most basic thing in football is a defensive set-play. We had chances after that to get a positive result and we had a clear penalty - so for me I am not here to criticise the players.

"I am not going to point the finger, but two mistakes cost us the game. The team played well against a difficult opponent. The Champions League brings a different atmosphere."

Mourinho's counterpart Julen Lopetegui was delighted to bag the three points.

He said: "That was our best performance of the season.

"I have to congratulate my team, these three points are totally deserved.

"The players' attitude was amazing, spectacular. It was tough and unfair to go to the dressing room at half-time with a draw but we reacted well."

Mourinho, who won the 2004 Champions League with Porto, was scathing in his criticism following Saturday's 2-2 draw at Newcastle, which left the defending champions 14th in the Premier League with two wins from seven games.

He appears no closer to finding the answers to Chelsea's poor form.

Mourinho once made a statement at Real Madrid by dropping Iker Casillas and a rotten relationship ensued.

The Blues boss issued a curt reply in relation to Casillas, now the Porto goalkeeper, on the eve of the match, saying he would greet him - probably in the frosty manner he met Arsene Wenger at Stamford Bridge 10 days ago.

Casillas seemed keen to prove a point on his record 152nd Champions League appearance and saved from compatriot Cesc Fabregas and then denied Pedro one-on-one. Pedro should have scored.

Chelsea looked vulnerable throughout the game. Yacine Brahimi waltzed inside Branislav Ivanovic and behind Pedro, then fired in a shot which Asmir Begovic punched only as far as Andre, who hooked the ball in for the game's opening goal.

Chelsea equalised after Ramires earned a soft free-kick. Willian curled in from 20 yards on the stroke of half-time with Casillas flat-footed.

Sloppy Chelsea struggled to find any fluidity as Porto probed down their right.

Ivanovic avoided punishment for a clumsy challenge on Vincent Aboubakar and, down Chelsea's left, Maxi Pereira shot across goal.

Porto were ahead again with defending uncharacteristic of a Mourinho team, but becoming increasingly familiar this season.

Ruben Neves floated in a corner and Maicon got in front of Ramires, Gary Cahill and Diego Costa to head in at the near post.

Costa later beat Casillas but the fine effort ricocheted off the bar before Hazard replaced John Obi Mikel and soon fired into the side-netting.

Porto piled on the pressure, with Begovic saving from Giannelli Imbula and then scrambling clear at the feet of Brahimi.

They went even closer to a third when Danilo's header hit a post but two goals were enough.

FC PORTO: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi, Andre Andre (Layun 80), Danilo Pereira, Ruben Neves (Evandro 78), Imbula, Brahimi (Osvaldo 86), Aboubakar. Subs Not Used: Helton, Tello, Corona, Bueno.

Booked: Martins Indi,Marcano,Danilo Pereira,Imbula.

Goals: Andre Andre 39,Maicon 52.

Chelsea: Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Mikel (Hazard 62), Fabregas, Ramires (Matic 73), Willian, Pedro (Kenedy 73), Costa. Subs Not Used: Blackman, Baba, Terry, Loftus-Cheek.

Booked: Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic.

Goals: Willian 45.

Man of the match: Yacine Brahimi (right)

Match rating: 8/10

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain).

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