Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said congratulated Arsenal on their Community Shield Final success after slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Wembley.
However, the Blues manager said that there were several points to take from a feisty encounter:
“For me it depends on the perspective,” the Portuguese said.
“Normally the media like to say a team that is defensive and defends very well doesn’t deserve to win.
“But I also have my opinion, different from your opinion. My opinion is the team that defends very well, that leaves their philosophy in the dressing room, changes their attitude, plays all the second half with nine players in front of the box, doesn’t concede and scores one goal, from that perspective they deserve to win.
“This is football. This is very good tactical organisation. Congratulations to them.”
Mourinho did however acknowledge that his team are not up to full speed just yet, with the Blues still competing in the International Champions Cup in America amid tough pre-season fitness preparation.
“I expected the lack of sharpness.
“It’s normal. Some players like Falcao started a week ago. The others have had two weeks and half of this week. The pitch was a disaster, so slow, the weather didn’t help too but it was the same for both teams so no excuses. I know Arsenal also like a good, fast pitch.”
“One team played counter-attack football well. One team played with initiative well but without the sharpness you need to be more aggressive with the ball.
“The team tactically tried everything.”
The defeat marked Arsene Wenger’s first ever victory over his Chelsea counterpart at the 14th attempt.
However, the pair snubbed eachother’s handshake at full time, maintaining the frosty relationship between the two. But, Mourinho has insisted that the record between himself and Wenger added no extra value to the defeat:
“I never had a psychological edge.
“It’s not normal what happened before, and because it’s not normal I never paid attention to that. I always thought one game is one game and has no relation with other games. Thirteen matches is an eternity. It has never been a question of beating someone and losing to another one.”
New signing Radamel Falcao failed to make an impact on the game after coming on as a half-time substitute. His strike partner, Diego Costa was not involved at all, and the manager said he didn’t know if he would be available for the league opener next weekend, but has again insisted that the club’s striking options are by no means insufficient:
“Two days ago he [Costa] was ready to play.
“When I told you two days ago he was ready to play he was ready to play. He trained normally on Friday and yesterday at the end of the training session he said he was not feeling good.”
“But Falcao will have had a bit more football, he will play against Fiorentina from the start. We have [Loic] Remy too, so if we don’t have Diego I am happy with the strikers I have.”