Coach Mourinho berates Chelsea for missed chances

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LONDON, Sep 19 (Reuters) Coach Jose Mourinho berated Chelsea for missing a hatful of chances and for their defensive frailty after being held to a 1-1 Champions League Group B draw by Norwegians Rosenborg Trondheim.

''The story of the match is ... we couldn't score two goals in 20 chances and we could not defend a set piece (for Rosenborg's goal),'' a grim-looking Mourinho told reporters yesterday.

The Portuguese coach said he was alarmed at the lack of goals in a side missing last season's top scorers Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard through injury.

''For me the drama is we play as an attacking team, dominating games, and we score one single goal in three games,'' said Mourinho.

The London side, Premier League champions in 2005 and 2006, have now failed to win in their last three outings.

''We did enough to win both of our last two matches but the reality is 0-0 and 1-1 so I am not happy,'' said Mourinho.

He added that neither Lampard nor Drogba looked likely to be fit for Sunday's match at Premier League champions Manchester United.

Mourinho said the draw with Rosenborg was not ''a drama'' for Champions League qualification in a group that also included Schalke 04 of Germany and Spain's Valencia.

Another disappointment for Chelsea was their 41,000-capacity stadium attracted only 24,973.

But Rosenborg coach Knut Torum was a happy man.

''The last 10 minutes seemed to last a very long time and the last 20 minutes were like a Chelsea powerplay,'' he said.

''We played to our strengths in the air and I am very pleased with the draw. The players are delighted.'' Torum also said Chelsea would not relish visiting Norway at the end of November for the return game.

''I think we can draw all our away matches and win all our home games,'' he half-joked, ''seriously though, Chelsea will not like coming to play us when it will be so cold''.


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