Chelsea lost their first game of the pre-season in the Guinness International Champions Cup 3-1 against Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho says he is glad that mistakes were made as it’s his job to work on them ahead of the Premier League season.
The match was the Blues’ penultimate game of the summer pre-season and will play there final match in the USA versus Roma in Washington. Out of the six friendlies so far Chelsea have won five of them, but the manager says the results are of no importance as long as progress is made and his side do the job when it counts.
“For me, it’s perfect we made mistakes so that we have them to work on. As I said last week, we had five victories in pre-season and zero points. Now we have five victories and one defeat, we still have zero points, it’s not a drama. They play in La Liga, we play in the Premier League, if we meet them in the Champions League and lose it’s a different story but a summer tournament is a summer tournament.”
One of our summer signings Marco van Ginkel has appeared regularly for Chelsea over the summer, is the Dutchman starting to become a favourite of Mourinho’s?
Mourinho is clearly impressed by the midfielder and when he took the job he promised to try provide the stability necessary for young talent to succeed. The midfield was something of a problem area for the West London club last season so there’s a chance that van Ginkel can force his way into contention.
On van Ginkel and the Madrid performance, Mourinho said:
“For Marco van Ginkel to play against Real, even in a friendly, is a fantastic experience for him. I came here to analyse my team, I’m so happy with the mistakes we made and I’m happy with the good things we did.”
We’re yet to see how Mourinho’s side will shape up in proper competition but we’re not far off knowing as the drag of the pre-season tours are almost at an end and the squad will soon be back home ahead of their opening league fixture against Hull, who sound more like an NFL franchise than a Premier League club these days which is an extra reason to start their journey to relegation by hammering them on Sunday the 18th of August.