Jose Mourinho has revealed that he does not want Chelsea to dive into the transfer market following their failure to beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (29 August). The Blues were beaten 2-1 by Alan Pardew's men in what was their second defeat of the season following a 3-0 loss at the Etihad early August.
Bakary Sako opened the scoring for Palace but Chelsea found a way back into the game with an astute header from Radamel Falcao, who came on as a substitute. However, Joel Ward scored his second goal of the campaign to put Palace in the lead yet again and seal three points for the visitors.
Chelsea had previously reacted in the market by signing Abdul Baba Rahman from Augsburg and Pedro Rodriguez after losing to City in the league but Mourinho insists that they need to exercise caution this time around. The Blues have accrued only four points from their first four games, which is the worst start by a league champion since Blackburn in 1995.
"I hope this does not prompt us to the transfer market. I don't like that. I gave my club the report of the season projection on April 21," Mourinho said after the game, as quoted by Goal.
"I don't think it's now on August 29 or 30 that I am going to say 'I want this' or 'I want that'. We have to do better. Me and the players have to do better."
Chelsea are already eight points behind Manchester City and need to buckle up after the international break if they have to have any chance of bridging the gap at the top. The Blues start their Champions League campaign in September and have a home game against Arsenal in the same period, which could prove pivotal in the race for the title.