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Jose Mourinho takes blame for Basle defeat

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has accepted the blame for his sides disappointing Champions League defeat to Swiss side FC Basel.

The Blues suffered a  2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge despite having taken the lead just before half-time.

Oscar opened the scoring but the the Swiss champions scored two goals in a little over ten minutes towards the end of the game thanks to strikes from the impressive Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller.

It's Mourinho's first loss at Stamford Bridge since his return to The Blues this summer and the clubs first defeat at home in the Champions League group stages for 10 years. 

The Blues boss said:  "When we lose, I am the responsible (one),

"We lost three points that we must get somewhere. We must get them, (in) Basle, or Schalke, or Bucharest, or all of them or some of them.

"Normally you have to win the matches at home and get a few points away.

"Now we must win six points at home, Schalke and Steaua, but we have also to win points away. Probably we have to go to win at Basle to compensate for the defeat today.

"But the objective of finishing in the top two in the group phase and to go to the next stage of the Champions League is an objective that is not lost, far from it.

"It's an objective we're going to fight for and it's an objective that I believe very, very much that we're going to achieve."

The winners of the competition two years ago became the first holders to be knocked out by the group stage last year, an outcome that signalled the end of Roberto Di Matteo's reign.

It hasn't been plain sailing in the league for 'The Special One', a loss at Goodison Park on Saturday followed a 0-0 draw at Manchester United and a Super Cup penalty defeat to Bayern Munich. 

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