Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that Switzerland club Basel deserved their Champions League win over Chelsea on Tuesday night.
The Stamford Bridge club were defeated by the Swiss club for the second time this season; after Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game three minutes from stoppage time.
This good result saw the Swiss champions leapfrog Schalke into second place behind the Chelsea - as the German side were unable to secure a win over Steaua Bucharest.
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, who have qualified from Group E, may need to beat Steaua Bucharest if they want to progress to the last 16 as group winners.
However, the Londoners performed poorly at Basel as they failed to hit a shot on target; but Mourinho insists fatigue, and not the players is to be blamed.
"It was a deserved defeat, but because of other results we qualified. That is the only positive thing, now we have to get a result at home [Steaua] be first," the former Real Madrid coach told Sky Sports.
"I didn't like it from the first minute, when there was a defensive mistake immediately. The team only had a little bit of stability and control in the second half.
"The team was tired, they paid the price of the international 15 days. The arrival, the match that followed was crucial against West Ham, where the team played very well in an intense game, but today we paid the price because the players were tired.
"I'm not so sad with them, because I understand. The team was not fresh and maybe I should have made more changes, but there was a temptation to keep the same team because they played so well (at West Ham)."
Mourinho will be hoping his players put in a better performance on Sunday when his host Southampton.
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