Dec 1, 2013 at 4.10pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
3-1
Southampton
Cahill (55'), Terry (62'), Ba (90')
Essien (32')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Rodriguez (1')
Lallana (52'), Schneiderlin (64'), Rodriguez (71'), Osvaldo (84')

Jose Mourinho doesn't blame Michael Essien

Chelsea's Michael Essien in action during a friendly match against Indonesia All-Stars on July 25, 2013
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says that he does not blame Michael Essien following the player's mistake, which led to a goal against Southampton.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he does not blame Michael Essien for a mistake which led to his side conceding a goal as they beat Southampton 3-1 this afternoon.

Essien gave the ball away after only 13 seconds of the game, allowing Jay Rodriguez to put the Saints in front.

"Everybody makes a mistake," said Mourinho, according to The Metro.

"Strikers they miss goals, goalkeepers they make mistakes, midfield players, they lose balls, especially when they try to play. And he tried to play. It was a back pass and they scored the goal.

"He had a very normal performance. He played a part in the stability the team had in the first half, but one yellow card for 45 minutes is a long time."

Chelsea find themselves in second place in the Premier League table following their victory.

John Terry of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their second goal with a header during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on December 1, 2013
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