Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his regret at the criticism he directed towards the club’s supporters following the narrow victory against Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge earlier in November.
Mourinho claimed a lack of atmosphere when playing at home made it feel as though he was in an empty stadium, which led to a backlash from Chelsea fan groups incensed by the suggestion from the Portuguese.
He has now moved to say sorry for the upset caused among Chelsea supporters, and praised them for creating far more noise during the win against West Brom on Saturday afternoon.
“It improved a lot,” Mourinho said after the match.
“There is no comparison. I don’t want to speak again about it, for good and bad. They pay me to win matches, to coach, not to be critical of the crowd.
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“I feel sorry with my comments from a couple of weeks ago. The difference was amazing.”
Another three points for Chelsea maintained their unbeaten campaign, with the club having recorded 10 wins and two draws in their 12 league outings, meaning they have taken 32 points from 36 available.
Chelsea opened a seven point lead at the league’s summit with a comfortable win over West Brom, with Diego Costa scoring his 11th of the season before Eden Hazard doubled the advantage.
Claudio Yacob saw red for a reckless challenge on Costa, which made the result a forgone conclusion after less than 30 minutes played.