Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praised both teams after he saw his side lose 1-2 against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
A Bakary Sako strike, his second in two games since joining from Wolves, opened the scoring with 25 minutes left. Despite Radamel Falcao equalising with his first Chelsea goal, Joel Ward won the game with nine minutes left.
The defeat, only Mourinho’s second in the Premier League in 100 games, means the Blues have picked up just four points out of a possible 12, and that Chelsea drop to 13th in the table.
But Mourinho explained, in order of importance, the three main thoughts on his mind.
“My first thought is to Palace,” Mourinho said.
“They came with everything, their team was ready, their players were ready and they came with a fantastic spirit. They were lucky but they deserved the luck, they fought a lot for that.
“Secondly my team, I think we deserved more. I am not saying we deserved to win because it is not true, but we deserved more than the result we got.
“And my third thought is the referee made a big mistake, a clear penalty [not given] for the foul on Zouma with the score 0-0. In the game for me it looked clear and at half-time I watched it on television and it was a clear penalty, unless the pundits who can see the red cards for John Terry and Thibaut Courtois see it differently from me.
“But I prefer to go in this order and when I say Crystal Palace first it is because they are the most important thing [regarding the result].”
Mourinho, who lost only his second game out of the 100 he has managed as Chelsea boss, did however reveal was unhappy about the lack of good individual displays:
“That is the way you work during the week, to perform collectively and to do that you need individual performances.
“At this level, when opponents are good and well-organised, with good spirit and nothing to lose, you need people to perform.
“I cannot say I had 11 players performing at the same time.
“Two or three of them were far from good and I blame myself for keeping one of them on for 90 minutes.”
One Chelsea performance that stood out was that of Falcao, who came on as a substitute and equalised for the Blues. New signing Kenedy also made his debut. Mourinho was quick to praise the pair:
“Cesar Azpilicueta was fantastic but I took him off because I wanted to give more depth to the side and to play without a left-back and with a kid going forward like Kenedy did.
“He is a good personality and this is what we needed at the time. Kenedy was responsible for an improvement in the team.
“Falcao’s goal means nothing for the team but for his personal confidence it is good and he is fine. From his reaction after the goal you could see his happiness because he has come from a difficult period.”
With two defeats in their opening four games this season, Mourinho has stressed that squad changes are certainly not out of the question:
“If a player is not performing there are two ways of looking at it.
“One is I trust so much the player I am going to wait for an improvement, and maybe it comes and maybe it doesn’t. Or even trusting th player, there arrives a moment when you think you have to change.”
“We have eight points less than the leader and in another league I would say game over because in these leagues for top teams it is very difficult to lose so many points.
“In the Premier League I don’t say game over.
“The reality is we had a bad start, four points from four matches is a very bad start.”
Lastly, the Chelsea boss revealed he didn’t foresee any signings before the end of the transfer window, and that they weren’t the solution to the side’s problems:
“I don’t like that.
“I gave my club the reports of the season and projection on 24 April and don’t think now that I am going to say I want this, this and that. We have to do better, me and the players.”