The Blues beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv in their Group G opener, but failed to build upon that victory and a triumph over Arsenal with a disappointing draw with Newcastle United and an underwhelming return to Mourinho’s former club.
The Pensioners fell behind as Andre Andre gave the Portuguese giants the lead, and while Willian equalised with a fine free kick, defender Maicon secured the triumph.
Mourinho—who won two Portuguese titles and the Champions League during his time with Porto—was keen to put on a brave face when he spoke to the media after the match. However, his measured words couldn’t hide the fact that he was furious with his defenders…and not for the first time this season.
“I think it was a good performance with two ridiculous mistakes. Sometimes you make them and are not punished. We were punished,” he told journalists after the match, via Goal.
“We watch dozens of repetitions of Porto taking corners. We were completely ready for that and in a moment when the game is under control we concede a goal that is ridiculous.
“We had another mistake similar when they hit the post. Apart from that the performance was balanced. The players reacted in a positive way and tried to play in a positive way.
“It’s a difficult opponent, a difficult place to play. Champions League brings a different emotion to matches.
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“When you have good results and perform well, untouchables, there is a relation with consistency in performances
“When you play a disaster it’s easy to make drastic decisions. When you play like today, it’s more difficult.”
Defeat leaves the Blues third in Group G. After Dynamo Kiev beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv, both the Ukrainian side and Porto find themselves on four points.