Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accepted that he got his team selection badly wrong after his side were beaten 1-0 by Basel at the St Jakob-Park on Tuesday.
“We don’t go through because we got a result, we go through because Schalke did not get a result, and for me it’s not the same,” said the Portuguese.
“In the end, we qualified, which is our first objective, and now we have the last match at home to get the result to finish first,” he added, with Chelsea knowing that a win at home against Steaua on December 11 will guarantee them top spot and secure, in theory, an easier draw in the next round.
“I want to praise Basel. They won because we were sleeping in the last minute. But they won also because they were the best team and deserved to win,” said the former Real Madrid boss, who dropped Eden Hazard for Willian.AFP