'Pre-season is fake' – Mourinho hits back after New York Red Bulls loss

Chelsea lost 4-2 to the MLS side in their first game of the summer and the Blues boss insists his team lacked the concentration “needed to play football”

Jose Mourinho has reiterated his belief that Chelsea’s 4-2 loss to New York Red Bulls is of no real concern, insisting “pre-season is fake”.

The Premier League champions’ first match of the summer did not go according to plan, with Franklin Castellanos, 16-year-old Tyler Adams and Sean Davis earning the MLS outfit a shock win over the Blues, for whom Loic Remy and Eden Hazard were on target.

Mourinho said immediately after the game that the result was far more beneficial to his team than a 10-0 win would have been as “the best team of England” needed to be tested and he has now once again dismissed concerns regarding the display.

“Pre-season is fake, for good and for bad. If you’re very bad it’s fake, and if you’re too good it’s fake,” the Portuguese coach told reporters.

“The team in the second half couldn’t defend. It was too easy for Red Bulls. Every chance they created was a goal.

“It’s a question of concentration. In the second half we didn’t have the concentration needed to play football.”

Up next for Chelsea are the team who knocked them out of last season’s Champions League, Ligue 1 titleholders Paris Saint-Germain, whom they face on Saturday in North Carolina.

Mourinho added: “PSG have very good players and to train against them is a very good opportunity.”

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