Crowned with frowns Jose Mourinho admits failures at Chelsea
Everything is going wrong for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. With a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United becoming the latest reason for Chelsea to mourn for, Mourinho admits making “11 mistakes” in choosing players for game.
A disappointed and slightly disgruntled Mourinho came to the post-match conference after the loss knowing that it will get ugly in front of the media. The Stamford Bridge boss told reporters that his team selection was good enough and neither was the performance from his men.
After grabbing a dramatic victory over Manchester City last Sunday and a convincing victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal, Mourinho admitted it was disappointing to see his side go down to Newcastle United even though they had travelled to play at their home, St. James’ Park.
“I made 11 mistakes,” Mourinho said. “I should pick the other 11 and not this one and it’s the feeling I have when my team plays so bad. Of course I’m exaggerating because I had some players in good form, but the feeling is that I made 11 wrong choices.
“We were too soft with and without the ball, but especially with it because we had it for a long time. We gave them 45 minutes of a friendly and it was only when they scored the goal we had a reaction. I think it was a really bad performance by us.
“It is tough at Newcastle. I never won here and I had teams that were champions. It’s difficult. They are a fantastic crowd who are always behind the team, but you have to come here with a certain kind of mentality if you want to win matches, and today we didn’t come with that mentality.”
Mourinho accepts Chelsea need to improve their away record, but rubbished suggestion that Chelsea is heading towards a decline. The Portuguese tactician explained that it was still early in the season and there were a lot of game to look forward to.
“I am worried. I saw the previous years and the same thing happened,” Mourinho said. “The team was successful in cup competitions and they were not successful in the Premier League. They finished 15 points, 20 points behind the league leaders.
“This season we have played five matches away in the league -- I know difficult places, difficult matches -- but we have one victory and we have two defeats. It does concern me.”