Mourinho: taking positives

Jose Mourinho felt the biggest positive to come out of our 3-0 defeat to Werder Bremen was the valuable match minutes he was able to afford to those players who only joined up with the squad last week.

Thibaut Courtois, Didier Drogba and John Mikel Obi all played 45 minutes, while Eden Hazard was given over half-an-hour in Germany as our two-week European training camp drew to a close.

On a disappointing afternoon for the Blues, two of the home side’s three goals came from the penalty spot, with both decisions looking extremely harsh. Mourinho wasn’t impressed with the referee’s performance over the course of the 90 minutes.

‘I learned sometimes our expectations are not fulfilled because when we decided to have this match here in Bremen, we thought about an evolution in difficulties, because they are the best team we’ve faced in this period,’ said the Portuguese.

‘We knew they were in a more advanced stage of pre-season so we were expecting a competitive, intense game.

‘We came here and the referee thought it was a circus for Bremen fans to have fun and he killed the match. I like their team, they are fast, defend with a lot of players, they are physical. It was the perfect opponent but we didn’t play.

'Every duel and free-kick went against us, the penalties, especially the last one, were nonsense. Being aggressive with (Nathan) Ake, an 18-year-old, was disappointing. We wanted to train but the referee didn’t let us have a good session.

‘The positive was the fact the players were on the pitch, we need that. Drogba, Mikel and Hazard have only had two days training, this was the third for them, they are not in condition to play football. It was important for Fabregas to get 90 minutes, that was a positive sight and it’s important.

Courtois is the same as the others, two days training and playing today for 45 minutes, he needs to play, we don’t have lots of time. It’s only two weeks until the start of the season so we gave him and Petr 45 minutes each, the next match in Turkey it will be the same. He made a fantastic save from Di Santo, with the other goal he had no chance, but that save was fantastic.’