Champions League: Mourinho criticises long-ball tactics but Chelsea top group

Julian Harris
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CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho has demanded his side play more attractive football and score more goals, despite finishing top of their Champions League group with last night’s win over Steaua Bucharest.

The Blues took the lead through Demba Ba after just 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge, yet despite controlling most of the game they were unable to put the game to bed with a second goal.

“Normally we have to score more goals and win comfortably – with more goals and more emotions for the supporters,” Mourinho said.

“We still play a few long balls and we don’t need that. Every time we play short, every time we play fast, every time we find Eden [Hazard], Willian, Oscar – the team from that moment has creation and speed and intensity. But we still have a few things from the past and we don’t have enough patience sometimes to pass the ball and wait for spaces, and we decide to go for the long ball.”

Chelsea started brightly, however, earning several corners, one of which proved fruitful. Willian’s outswinging cross from the right was flicked on by his fellow Brazilian Oscar, allowing Ba to knock the ball in at the far post from close range.

Ba found the net again late on, but it was ruled out for offside.