Mourinho made the comments after their thrilling 3-2 win at Crystal Palace.
He said: "I know what you are writing as a consequence of yesterday, but Chelsea are a fantastic team. It is unfair to say how people are speaking about the English champions, they are still champions.
"Tonight, Roy (Hodgson) was strong and we expected Riedewald in midfield and Sorloth on the left, but they came with 4-4-2.
"I don't want to blame my players because their start was good."