Jose Mourinho has congratulated Liverpool on getting close to matching Chelsea’s unbeaten home Premier League record, though doubts the milestone will ever be toppled.
Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten run at Anfield was ended on Thursday by Burnley, with Ashley Barnes scoring a penalty in the 83rd minute to secure win for the club for the first time since April 2017.
The Reds had been starting to look towards the blues’ outstanding unbeaten home record of 86 games without defeat between 2004 and 2008.
But, they fell 18 games short of the benchmark – most of which were recorded during Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea – and the current Spurs manager believes it is one of few sporting records that may never be broken.
‘You know, the records are there to be broken. Even the most incredible ones, in so many sports,’ said the Portuguese coach on Friday.
‘But there are some records that you look to them and you feel that it’s almost impossible for somebody to do it. ‘And honestly what Liverpool did was amazing. What they did is very, very difficult to achieve.
‘And of course our record from the Chelsea time is still the record and is very, very difficult for somebody to do better than that.
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‘But congratulations to Liverpool for the amazing run that they had by not losing a Premier League match at home for so long.’
He continued: ‘I would say that almost every club is having these difficult periods. I would also give responsibility to opponents.
‘I keep saying that what was almost a scandal [to lose] years ago is not a scandal anymore. Any team can go to any stadium and get a result. For me that’s clearly a situation that people cannot underestimate and people sometimes [do].
‘The teams potentially considered with less potential is not like that as much as like before and these clubs and these professionals they also deserve the credit. So I don’t open my mouth anymore of “Wow! What a crazy result”. No more crazy results.
‘So I feel it’s quite normal that every team, even the ones whose objective is to stay champions or top four or top six, I’m not surprise if these teams they have a run of a few matches where confidence drops a little bit as a consequence of a couple of bad results and then you pay with a few bad results.
‘But the reality is nothing is eternal, not the consecutive victories and not the consecutive defeats, and always the next match, and the next and the next, are open matches with open results.’