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I blame myself for not changing one of them. When I made the third change I needed a fourth.”

Mourinho did have his usual moan, however, this time at refere Craig Pawdon for denying Chelsea a first half penalty when Connor Wickhamm appeared to pull Zouma over in the box.

He said: ”The referee did a big mistake. Clear penalty with the result 0-0 and obviously with influence in the result.”

But after insisting that he would not be rushing out to buy players before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday, he added: The ”My first thought is to Palace. They come with everything. The team was ready, the players were ready, the fans were ready.

”They came with a fantastic spirit. They were lucky but they deserves the luck.”