Mourinho welcomes defensive reinforcement after City drubbing

The Blues capture of the Ghanian full-back is a timely boost to the team’s defensive ranks, the defeated Portuguese boss confessed in the aftermath of the most recent defeat

Jose Mourinho says the arrival of Baba Rahman will increase competition in Chelsea’s defence following a humbling 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

The former Real Madrid coach was critical of his defenders’ first-half performance in the clash at the Etihad Stadium, even resorting to substituting John Terry for the first time in the Premier League ahead of the second period.

Asked whether it was his the worst half of football he had seen from his side, Mourinho commented: 

“Defensively? I don’t know. But we were defensively poor in the first half, that’s clear.”

News of Rahman’s arrival from German side Augsburg for an undisclosed fee broke shortly after full-time and Mourinho welcomed a timely boost to his defensive ranks.

“It’s important because he is a left-back and he can compete with [Cesar] Azpilicueta,” the Chelsea manager told reporters. “At the same time, by being a left-back, Azpilicueta can compete with [Branislav] Ivanovic for the right-back position.

“This player replaces Filipe Luis in the balance of the squad. He is a player that we need for that balance.”

Despite his unsatisfaction in his side’s first-half showing, Mourinho – who suggested City should have seen Fernandinho and Yaya Toure sent off in separate incidents – believes Chelsea’s display after the break deserved some reward.

“In the first half the best team was winning, in the second half the best team was Chelsea. It is a fake result,” he added. 

“They were the best team in the first half – they controlled the game, they created chances. We were very comfortable with the ball, but defensively we were quite fragile.

“In the second half I think everything changed. We brought our defensive line to the midfield line, we pressed them up and had control of the game. 

“We created chances, we had lots of space in midfield to play and they couldn’t cope with that.”

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