Jose Mourinho Fires Back at Critics Who Rip His Defensive Style

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Nainggolan has always remained loyal to Roma when discussing his future, but after the game at Stamford Bridge he hinted at a future move to the Premier League.

This has been evident since the summer, when Conte complained about Chelsea's transfer activity. The champions are already nine points behind early leaders Manchester City, and seven behind Mourinho's United.

"You know our situation very well".

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Antonio Conte's team looked on course for a comfortable victory thanks to first-half goals from David Luiz and Hazard.

Conte's side needed a late equaliser from Eden Hazard to secure a share of the spoils.

Mourinho, speaking soon after the 1-0 win over Benfica in Lisbon, aimed a dig at Conte, who had bemoaned the absence of several key players following their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, by noting how some managers "cry and cry and cry" over injuries.

"The weight is too much on the 11 they have and maybe two or three off the bench and that is it".

Chelsea weren't entirely defensive of Conte...

"In the end I think the result was fair".

And Elliot believes it is Chelsea's lack of depth that could cost them in retaining their title this season.

But Conte also saw two central midfielders leave the club as Nemanja Matic joined Manchester United and Nathaniel Chalobah signed for Watford.

Neither dominated their opponents like Roma did theirs, and to do so at a team like Chelsea bodes very well for the rest of the group stage. The best choice would probably be Loftus-Cheek. The Reds pressed, and pressed, and continued getting forward all game in a futile attempt to break through the double-decker bus parked in front of the goal.

The spell ended abruptly but the United boss has since enjoyed an upward trajectory that Matic is sure will continue at Old Trafford, even if the players are in for a tough time now and again.