Chelsea manager claims he made “11 mistakes” against Newcastle
Jose Mourinho’s team had a chance to go top of the Premier League on Saturday, although Chelsea were deservedly beaten at Newcastle, with the Portuguese pulling no punches when asked about his team’s performance.
November 3rd, 2013
Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy score second-half goals to give Newcastle the three points at St James’ Park, with the Blues a pale imitation of the side that had won at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup and Mourinho was left scratching his head after an insipid performance.
“The result is a consequence of one team that was not there,” the Chelsea manager said. “I feel I made 11 mistakes. Of course I’m exaggerating, we had some guys with normal good performances but the overall feeling is I made 11 bad choices. It was a really bad performance from us. In the first 45 minutes we played as if it was a friendly.
“Everything was lacking. We had lots of space in the first half, it was an easy half to play but we didn’t play. We had the ball and space but we weren’t aggressive. We lost the ball during very simple transitions and were not intense. We deserved to lose.
“We had space to play in between the lines and could have hurt our opponents but we touched the ball side to side rather than playing it forward. We were slow with no sharpness. We had a good reaction when they scored but it was too late.”
Chelsea remain second in the Premier League table despite the defeat, with Arsenal now five points clear of the chasing pack, with Tottenham edging into the top four after Sunday’s goalless draw at Everton.