Mourinho admits expletive half-time rant inspired comeback win at Palace

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

But Mourinho took heart from the way his players shrugged off their limp opening to move back above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League and within 16 points of runaway leaders Manchester City.

"I don't like my teams to lose organisation like we did, but wonderful match an fantastic comeback, and very important victory for us because now we have nine matches to the end and we have nine points to fifth place which is not unbelievable but is OK".

"It was a hard match for me because my team made so mistakes", he told Sky Sports. We had an incredible attitude and very good quality football in the second half but we made so many defensive mistakes and I am not only speaking about my defenders. "In the smaller games we drop some very important points, and we can't lose those points like at Leicester away", Matic added. Their second goal made things much more hard for us, but Chris Smalling's goal was very important.

"In these kind of games if we can manage to win we can compete for the title. Some days more than others but after Smalling's goal, I always thought it was possible". But the players kept an incredible attitude. "Juan Mata was finding spaces inside, Marcus Rashford was open on the left and brought their right-back wide to give us more space in the middle".

"Then there was the attitude and you need a little bit of luck to win a game in the last couple minutes". But what I can say was all about the tactical positioning. However, their last two sorties away from their home fortress have meant they have come back empty handed and without a goal to show for their efforts, as lackadaisical as they have been, and before that they allowed Leicester to snatch a point at the King Power before more usual away day wins at Burnley and Everton. So sometimes the victor is the one that deserves congrats but I have been many times on the losing side and sometimes I felt I did many things right and I think Roy did everything right. He had an intention, and he knew when he should attack with direct football.

Mourinho was particularly critical of the way his side fell 2-0 behind as Palace scored from a quickly-taken free-kick in the 48th minute, saying it was "disgraceful and childish".



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