Chelsea managed a last gasp 1-0 win over Everton, which has been termed as lucky by many pundits. However, manager Jose Mourinho refuse to accept that this was a lucky victory, as he believes that his team put in a lot of effort and performance into getting the three points. Everton dominated for most of the first half, but a change by Mourinho in the second half did the trick. There looked like only one team capable of winning the match in the second half. However, Chelsea were unable to break the stubborn defence of Everton for long periods.
The breakthrough finally came, but it was not until the injury time. Ramires was fouled just outside the box in the 92nd minute. The resulting freekick was taken by Frank Lampard, who found John Terry with ease. The former England centre back converted the cross much to the delight of the home supporters and Mourinho because this was crucial three points. It helped them get a foothold in the Premier league title race. Even though Manchester City have a game in hand compared to Chelsea, the advantage on the table right now certainly puts a lot of pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Mourinho said that his team displayed a lot of strength in the last 15 minutes and it was crucial towards the victory.
“The feeling when you lose points in the last minutes, like we lost two points against West Brom, is a bad feeling. When you win it’s the opposite. It’s basically a compensation of the points we lost against West Brom. For the last 15 minutes we were strong; we created; we pressed; we dominated. When you score (a late goal) you can speak about luck. A point for us is not good, and in the end maybe we deserved it,” said Mourinho.