Jose Mourinho Moans at Wasteful Chelsea After Galatasaray Fightback

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Jose Mourinho Moans at Wasteful Chelsea After Galatasaray Fightback
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Jose Mourinho was left frustrated at the fashion in which his Chelsea team allowed Galatasaray to come back into their Wednesday night Champions League encounter.

The reigning Super Lig champions found themselves 1-0 down in Istanbul after just nine minutes, with Fernando Torres providing the opener, but a second-half equaliser from Aurelien Chedjou salvaged something from the round of 16 first leg.

In his post-match comments, Mourinho focused his frustrations upon the glut of wasted chances from his side, per the Daily Mail's Matt Barlow:

Some other teams have three chances and score three goals. We have five and score one. This is not a criticism of the strikers, like sometimes people think. It’s just the profile of the team we have.  

We create but we get into the last third of the pitch and the last decision, the correct pass, the right movement is something that is not right at the moment. We are not a team who kills opponents. We are paying for that in the Premier league, losing points, and in the Champions League we might have got a different result.

That lack of killer instinct was in direct contrast to the display witnessed in Wednesday's other round of 16 clash, where Real Madrid walked out of the Veltins-Arena as 6-1 victors against Schalke. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema each scored twice.

The Independent's Sam Wallace quotes the Chelsea manager bemoaning the timing of injuries suffered by Torres, hinting part of Chelsea's problems are caused by the Spaniard's lack of rhythm:

Mourinho isn't the type of manager to value style and panache over a winning result, but as the Portuguese suggests, his side haven't always been able to produce the desired outcomes of late, and it could end up costing them.

The Blues boss did go on to compliment some aspects of Chelsea's performance, however, adding: 

They all give everything. They fight for each other, work for each other, have tactical discipline. I cannot be critical. The second leg will be difficult; all I ask is that Stamford Bridge can give us 10 per cent of what this public gave to Galatasaray.

At 1-1, a place in the quarter-finals is within reach for either team, and Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini will benefit from the pressure being placed upon the West London hosts as he makes his return to England.

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Galatasaray made it to the quarter-final stage of last season's Champions League but were ultimately knocked out by a dominant Real Madrid team.

Mourinho's Chelsea don't necessarily have to be as strong as Los Merengues in order to progress in the competition, but the manager is expecting more than what was shown in Istanbul when his side play the reverse fixture on March 18.

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