Mourinho still expects Chelsea to qualify

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he fully expects his side to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League despite a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Basel.

Goals from Mohammed Salah and Marco Streller, after Oscar had given Chelsea the lead, saw the Swiss side leave Stamford Bridge with an unexpected three points on a bad night for Mourinho and his team.

However, the 50-year old is still confident that the Blues can progress to the next round of the competition, and he said: "The objective of finishing in the top two in the group phase and to go to the next round 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 defeat already leaves Chelsea playing catch up in Group E, and Mourinho now knows his team must bounce back to keep their hopes of staying in the competition alive.

He said: "We lost three points that we must get somewhere. We must get them [in] Basel, 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 also have to win points away. 

"Probably we have to go to win at Basel to compensate for the defeat."

After the match, Mourinho said his side "lacked maturity and personality" and he will be hoping that they can regain that in order to end a torrid run which has seen them lose their last three matches in all competitions.

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