Jose Mourinho plays down Chelsea's Community Shield loss

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Defeat has left a bitter taste for Jose Mourinho, as he has claimed that the better team 'lost' the Community Shield after Chelsea's clash with Arsenal.

The game between the Blues and their rivals provided an insight into how the two teams will perform during the upcoming season.

With less than one week to go until the Premier League kicks off, things are looking worrying for Mourinho's Chelsea.


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Arsenal victory

Arsenal were everything Chelsea were not on the day at Wembley. Brilliant, composed, and compact. Having never beaten Mourinho previously, Wenger finally got his tactics right on the 14th attempt.

Bear in mind that star player Alexis Sanchez didn't feature for the Gunners after playing in The Copa America, so Arsenal fans have even more to celebrate.

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Chelsea go missing

It was certainly unusual for players such as Eden Hazard and Francesc Fabregas to go missing during large portions of the game. Hazard even managed to waste a great opportunity to draw west London side level during the second half.

"One team played counter-attack football well," said Mourinho, whose post-match comments have since drawn criticism.

"One team played with initiative well but without the sharpness you need to be more aggressive with the ball. The team tactically tried everything.

"My opinion is the team that defends very well, that leaves their philosophy in the dressing room, changes their attitude, plays all the second half with nine players in front of the box, doesn’t concede and scores one goal, from that perspective they deserve to win.

"This is football. This is very good tactical organisation. Congratulations to them."

Arsenal masterclass

Arsenal then demonstrated a masterclass of attacking football. With Theo Walcott's pace, the north London giants were able to break quickly, often finding gaps in the Chelsea defence.

It seemed as if from the beginning that Mourinho would know which way the game would go, as he looked dressed for defeat. His choice of attire would certainly not have bothered Wenger though, as the Arsenal manager won his second Community Shield trophy in two years.

Title challengers?

New Arsenal recruit Petr Cech was even caught on camera telling Per Mertesacker: "We beat them! I told you!".

Whether the Community Shield will reflect the performance of the two sides in the Premier League is yet to be seen. After the performance of Arsenal however, they are certainly looking like a side that can challenge for the title.

Arsenal fans, do you think the Gunners can challenge for the Premier League based on their Community Shield showing? Let us know in the comments box below.

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