Liverpool 0 - 2 Chelsea

Match info: Premier League at Anfield

Date: 27/04/2014 KO: 14:05 Ref: Att: 44,726

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Liverpool

0
vs
2

Chelsea

Demba Ba 45+3
Willian 90+4

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: April 27 2014, 19:02 BST

Post-match reaction to Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Liverpool.

Demba Ba scores Chelsea's opening goal after Steven Gerrard's error
Demba Ba scores Chelsea's opening goal after Steven Gerrard's error

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea are not back in the title race despite beating Premier League leaders Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield.

The result ended Liverpool's 11-match winning run and brought Chelsea back to within two points of their hosts.

Manchester City are the other team in contention, and Mourinho is adamant it is a race between those two.

He told Sky Sports: "We're back in nothing. At this moment we are almost third. With Everton's defeat (on Saturday) we were automatically qualified for the Champions League.

"Now with these three points we need one point to finish third. Champions are only one (team) and the champions will be City or Liverpool."

It was a defensive masterclass from Chelsea, with Demba Ba capitalising on a slip from Steven Gerrard to give the visitors the lead just before half-time and Willian making sure in stoppage time.

Mourinho shrugged off criticism of his side's tactics, saying: "It was about winning. We deserved to win, no doubt about it. It's as simple as this.

"With the result at 1-0 for 45 minutes, we were always comfortable. We were never in trouble against a team that is a fantastic team, a team that has beautiful players and scores a lot of goals and smashes every team that comes here.

"Now we can say we won both matches against the champions. If the champion is Liverpool, we won both matches against Liverpool; if the champion is Man City, we won both matches against Man City."

The build-up had been dominated by speculation about Chelsea's team, with Mourinho saying he would rest players ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

There were plenty of big names missing, while 20-year-old Czech defender Tomas Kalas made his debut.

"We played a good side," Mourinho said.

"Many people would be expecting us to come here and lose three, four or 5-0 like many others did. When people know our focus was on Wednesday, probably many people think it's impossible to get this kind of result.

"Now we have to think about Wednesday, and I would say the game of our lives. To play a Champions League semi-final at Stamford Bridge is something big."

Brendan Rodgers admitted Liverpool were undone by Mourinho's stifling tactics.

The visitors successfully resisted Liverpool's attacking flair, with Mourinho's side employing every trick in the book to slow down play, and it more than paid off as the usually free-scoring Reds ran out of ideas.

Mourinho was unrepentant about the match plan that led Liverpool manager Rodgers to say: "I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one."

An under-strength Chelsea side mounted a defensive exercise that brought rich rewards, and Rodgers added on Sky Sports: "It was like a back six with three midfield players in front of that. That's 10, with the goalkeeper, for 90 minutes consistently behind the ball.

"Unless you get that early goal, it doesn't entice them to come out. It was clear that they'd come certainly not wanting to win the game, with the time-wasting and whatnot.

"The players gave everything and we couldn't quite get that wee bit of luck."

Drawn further on Chelsea, Rodgers added in his press conference: "They have a different style to us but if it gets results, great. Jose will be happy with that.

"Congratulations to Chelsea as they won the game, although they came for a draw.

"It is totally opposite to how we want to play but give credit to them for winning the game.

"It is not difficult to coach, putting 10 players on the edge of the 18-yard box.

"They got booked for time-wasting in the 92nd minute but I think everyone could see from the first whistle that was their plan - to frustrate."

Rodgers attached no blame to Gerrard for the error which proved so pivotal.

"Steven is a boy who has picked up this club so many times and it was just really unfortunate because he slipped at a crucial moment and it was right on half-time," Rodgers said.

"He was doing everything he possibly could and we hoped there would be one or two who would step up to the plate instead of him, but we couldn't quite do that.

"There's certainly no blame because we are in the position we are in now because of him; he's been instrumental for us this season.

"It's just unfortunate that he's slipped over. It could have happened to anyone. This is a guy that is so strong mentally.

"He probably got frustrated but I thought he showed his courage because after that he still kept getting on the football, he still tried to pass; at times, he broke through and broke the line to get in.

"But he and our other attacking threats just couldn't quite make the breakthrough. Give credit to Chelsea for that; they sat in really deep."

City are favourites for the title now but Rodgers is confident his side can bounce back from the end of an 11-match winning run and finish the season on a high.

"City will now feel they can go on and win their games," Rodgers said. "We'll just recover now, we'll focus on the next game and continue with that positive mentality that we've had throughout the season - because that's the reason why we are where we are."

Liverpool go to Crystal Palace on Monday, May 5, before finishing off at home to Newcastle six days later.


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