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LONDON---After four matches
without a win and facing criti-
cism following a loss to FC Basel
in the Champions League,
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
said yesterday he is changing the
way his team plays and dismissed
talk of a crisis at Stamford Bridge.
The expectation surrounding
Mourinho s second spell at Chelsea
has not yet been matched by
results, with Chelsea hosting Ful-
ham on Saturday looking for its
first win since August 21.
"I don t like the way Chelsea
were playing in the last couple of
years," Mourinho said. "The club
doesn t like it. We want to change.
We have the players with the pro-
file to change. We want to play a
He added, "crisis of what? Syria?
For me, no crisis, for me two bad
Chelsea s surprising defeat to
Basel followed losses to Everton
and against Bayern Munich in the
Super Cup final---on penalties---
and a draw at Manchester Unit-
ed.In his first spell as manager from
2004 to 2007, Mourinho won five
trophies with Chelsea including
two Premier League titles and an
FA Cup but the Portugese insists
his past success counts for nothing
"The past is history, even my
past," he said. "I always said I m
here like I ve just arrived. I don t
want to be protected because of
what I did here in the past. It mat-
ters absolutely nothing."
Mourinho s first Chelsea team
was known more for its resilience
and physical prowess than its flair
or fluency and the head coach has
come under criticism this season
for leaving out Juan Mata, who
was the most creative player last
Chelsea is currently sixth in the
Premier League, winning two of
its first four games.
"It s not the way you start, it s
the way you finish. You want to
start good, go good and finish
good. That s the perfect picture,"
Mourinho said. "But between
starting bad and finishing well, or
starting well and finishing bad, I
prefer to start bad and finish well."
bach defeated Eintracht Braun-
schweig 4-1 yesterday to extend the
promoted side s poor return to the
Oscar Wendt opened the scoring in
the 22nd minute when he cut inside
a Braunschweig defender from the left
and fired past two more to the bottom
Max Kruse crossed for Raffael to
make it 2-0 with a header in the 31st,
when a rout looked likely with the
visitors completely out of their depth.
But they improved after the break and
Mirko Boland deservedly pulled one
back in the 58th, when Karim Bellarabi
set him up for his side s third goal of
However, any hopes of an equaliser
were dashed when Marco Caligiuri
conceded a penalty and Kruse con-
verted from the spot in the 72nd.
"I think it was a wrong decision,"
Braunschweig captain Deniz Dogan of
the penalty. "I don t know how you
can make such a call."
Raffael pounced for his second from
a rebound four minutes later, after
Braunschweig keeper Marjan Petkovic
could only parry Kruse s initial deflect-
"We were a bit relaxed after the
second goal. We had to hold out then
but the penalty came at the right time,"
Braunschweig, which lost 10-0 for
its heaviest Bundesliga defeat the last
time it played in Moenchengladbach
in October 1984, had coach Torsten
Lieberknecht sent to the stands with
three minutes remaining.
His side has just one point from six
beat Elche 2-1 yesterday
for its first win of the
Spanish league season,
provisionally lifting the
team out of last place.
The much-needed vic-
tory for the Pamplona-
based side came in the
home debut of new coach
Javi Gracia, who replaced
the fired Jose Mendilibar.
Armenteros opened the
scoring for Osasuna at
Reyno de Navarra Stadi-
um in the 16th minute,
and Oriol Riera added
another goal in the 48th.
Eduardo Albacar pulled
one back for Elche from
the penalty spot with
three minutes to go.
Elche was left without
a victory in its return to
Spain s first division.
the chance to provisionally move
into first place in the French
league after slipping to a 2-1
home loss to Toulouse yesterday.
Saint-Etienne took the lead in
the 18th minute when goalkeeper
Ali Ahamada spilled a cross from
Fabien Lemoine and winger
Romain Hamouma turned in the
loose ball for his third league goal
of the season.
Toulouse equalised in the 63rd
through Denmark forward Martin
Bratihwaite and added the winner
in the 75th when left back Issiaga
Sylla ran to the back post to turn
in a cross from right back Serge
Saint-Etienne remains in second
place ahead of this weekend s
matches behind leader Monaco,
while Toulouse climbed out of the
relegation zone and into 15th spot.
'Gladbach defeats Braunschweig
4-1 to extend Bundesliga lead
Saint-Etienne loses 2-1 at home
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