Gallant Shrews impressed – Jose Mourinho

By on October 31, 2014

Chelsea manager José Mourinho has admitted that he knew his side wouldn’t find it easy with their league two opposition, Shrewsbury. Chelsea were shocked with the way the Shrews held their own in the first half in fact if you didn’t not check the score-board, you’ll never believe that the Premier League leaders were on the pitch.

José Mourinho’s side barely had any chance to shoot in the first half and the Shrews stopper Jayson Leutwiler was quite idle for most part of the first period. After the break, it appeared that José Mourinho has scolded his boys because the moment they came on for the second period, they exuded brilliance and it wasn’t so long before they stringed a couple of passes together to set Didier Drogba up for his second goal in as many matches.

After the opener, the hosts were in disarray and the little attempts they made was repelled by the rock solid defence that The Blues installed at the back. At some point manager, Micky Mellon decided to introduce Andy Mangan and within the players first 90 seconds on the pitch, he blasted home from close range…a goal that threw the home fans into frenzy. However, they couldn’t hold on to their game for quite long as another substitute, this time a Chelsea player Willian sent in a cross so dicey that defender Jermaine Grandison, in an attempt to guide the ball away from the danger zone, sent it right into his keepers net, something similar to how Robin van Persie added flavour to Drogba’s strike against Manchester United last weekend. Too bad Grandison couldn’t make up for his earlier mistake like van Persie did as Chelsea hung on to their lead to secure a ticket to the next round.

The heavy downpour in the game’s opening stages really deterred the style of the hosts and even though they are currently about 72 places below Chelsea, they gave a good account of themselves. In fact Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was quick to heap praises on the Shrews as he was quoted to have said:

‘Fantastic team, fantastic opponent, I think they give everything and I think they show today why they deserve to be here tonight and they made a very difficult game for us really.’ The Shrews lost no doubt, but they will lift their heads up high, having held their own against such an illustrious opponent.

By Tomilayo Alapinni

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