I Made 11 Mistakes – Mourinho
The Blues went into the clash against Newcastle United in buoyant fashion, as they had claimed a last-gasp league victory over Manchester City last weekend followed by a 2-0 away win over impressive Arsenal in the Capital One cup.
However, there was no cutting edge to the side against Newcastle and they were eventually undone by two second half goals by Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy to condemn the London outfit to their second league defeat of the season.
Although Mourinho’s men had dominated the first half, they could not find that incisive pass to break down Newcastle’s stubborn defence. The home side grew stronger in the second half and Yohan Cabaye’s superb set-piece delivery for Gouffran’s header deservedly put the home side ahead.
However, Chelsea rallied back after being a goal down and took the attack to the home side. They were close to equalizing on several occasions, most notably when substitute Eto’o saw his goal-bound effort deflected wide via Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s hand.
But they could not find a way through and Remy finished a slick move on the counter-attack to help the Magpies into the top half of the table. Mourinho is yet to win at St. James’ Park but his side remained second in the table courtesy of Liverpool’s loss to Arsenal.
According to Yahoo! Eurosport, Mourinho admitted that he was concerned with the defeat. He said, “Of course, of course I am worried, and I read in previous years, it happened the same. They (Chelsea) were successful in cup competitions, they were not successful in the Premier League.”
“They finished 20 points behind, they finished 15 points behind. They qualified for the Champions League because they won the Champions League, but they finished fifth or sixth in the league. Last year in December, they were not in the race for the title because they were already 20 points behind.”
“This season, we have played five matches away in the Premier League – I know at difficult places to play difficult matches – but we have one victory and we have two defeats. Of course it concerns me.”
Mourinho made nine changes from the side that beat Arsenal in midweek and the ‘Special One’ admitted that he got it wrong. He said, “I made 11 mistakes, 11 mistakes. I should have picked another 11 and not this one. I made 11 mistakes.”
“It’s the feeling I have. When my team plays so badly, it’s the feeling I have. I’m exaggerating. Of course we had some guys with, I am not saying outstanding, but with some normal, good performances, but the feeling is that I made 11 wrong choices.”