The Blues manager welcomes the “test” that his side were given as they were beaten 4-2 by New York Red Bulls in their first pre-season game of the summer on Wednesday
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that his side’s 4-2 pre-season loss to New York Red Bulls was far more beneficial than a one-sided victory would have been.
The Blues’ first match of the summer did not go according to plan, the wasteful Premier League champions punished by a second-string Red Bulls outfit in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.
Loic Remy’s 26th-minute opener had Chelsea on track in Harrison, New Jersey, until three unanswered goals from Franklin Castellanos, 16-year-old Tyler Adams and Sean Davis turned the match on its head.
Half-time substitute Eden Hazard gave Chelsea a lifeline, though Davis swiftly put those hopes to bed with 14 minutes remaining.
Despite the second-half performance, Mourinho told reporters: “If we had won 10-0, that wouldn’t have been any good. We needed a test and we received one.
“They were sharp, quick, high motivation, very happy to play against us and they gave us a better match then we thought.
“I am the manager of the best team of England. We have top players, there are no fragilities.
“We have done 11 sessions in six days. We trust these players. We play this team 10 times, we win nine, but the second half was a disaster.”
Chelsea are back in action against French champions Paris Saint-Germain in Charlotte on Saturday.