Jose Mourinho said Chelsea were the better team in the second half of their defeat at Manchester City and described the 3-0 scoreline as “completely fake”.
Trailing to Sergio Aguero’s first-half strike, Chelsea rallied after the break before Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho scored late goals to seal City’s victory.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “The best team in the first half won the game. The best team in the second half was Chelsea for sure.
“We had a difficult first half. We didn’t create a lot and our goalkeeper made a few important saves.
“Second half everything was different. If the 1-0 was a doubtful result at minute 70, 3-0 is completely fake. At 1-0 Chelsea were the best team for the whole second half. If 1-1, a different story – their team is in trouble.
“In the end I have to be happy with the second half we did. That is not enough to win the game.”
Meanwhile, Kompany put his team’s triumph down to their ability to take their chances.
He said: “There actually wasn’t much difference to how we played against Chelsea twice last season, but this time we managed to score and not make the same mistakes.
“It was a comfortable game. To start the way we did today is definitely the right signal but there’s still a lot to come.”
More reaction from the Etihad Stadium to follow later.