“I’ve only shown 20% of my potential” €100m man vows to ‘bounce back’ after ‘0 goals in 17 games’ slump
Mikhail Mourinho has given a confident interview.
Chelsea defeated Brighton 4-3 in their 2023 pre-season friendly at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday. It was Chelsea’s second straight preseason win, following a 5-0 victory over Wrexham.
In their second pre-season game, the Blues face a team of similar strength. It was a good test of Mauricio Pochettino’s leadership and the fans watched with anticipation.
A lot of new faces stood out. In a 4-2-3-1 formation, Christopher Nkunku was in charge up front, while Ian Martens, Andrei Santos, Levi Colwill, and Marlo Gusto started up front.카지노
It was a tight affair. Chelsea had a slight lead in possession at 51%, but Brighton had four more shots overall. Otherwise, the numbers were similar in terms of passes, successful passes, and fouls.
The win belonged to Chelsea. They conceded an early goal to Danny Welbeck in the 13th minute, but Nkunku equalized six minutes later. The first half ended 1-1, but the second half was a goal storm. The sending off of Jan-Paul van Hecke in the 15th minute of the second half quickly tilted the game in Chelsea’s favor. Chelsea took the lead in the 20th minute through a Mourinho rebound, and back-to-back goals from Conor Gallagher and Nicholas Jackson extended the lead to 4-1. Brighton pulled one back in the dying minutes through João Pedro and Denis Undaub, but it was Chelsea who held on for the win.
Mourinho was the standout performer of the game. After joining Chelsea last winter to much fanfare, Mourinho struggled to make an impact, going 17 games without a goal. The fact that his transfer fee was €100 million ($141.8 million) with options only added to the criticism. However, in this game, he showed several flashes of brilliance and linked up with Jackson for the goal.
After the game, Mourinho was full of confidence. According to British outlet Talk Sport, he said, “I’m happy with everything I did to score this goal. I haven’t shown my full potential. It’s still only 20%. I’m happy playing under Pochettino.”