Wednesday 13 December 2017

I don't know what my best team is after this – Jose

Newcastle Utd 2 Chelsea 0

Luke Edwards

JOSE MOURINHO has a knack of building title-winning sides, but doing so a second time at Chelsea is not going to be as easy as he thought.

So skilled in construction in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, he has a tried-and-tested blueprint for success, but 10 Premier League games into his second spell at Stamford Bridge, he is still trying to work out where all the pieces go.

Chelsea had started to resemble a side who looked good enough to put another trophy in a cabinet Mourinho helped fill, but they are not as sturdy as they seemed.

After six successive victories, this defeat means he will have to start again. Not quite from scratch. Chelsea have some wonderful footballers and this may yet prove only a small setback, but things are not where they need to be.

When you have been as successful as Mourinho has been, one defeat against a Newcastle United side who played well enough in the second half to trouble any of their title rivals will not knock his self-belief or lead to a dramatic change in course.

It will, however, lead to a change in personnel when Chelsea entertain Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday.

A win and Chelsea will be in a strong position to qualify and allow Mourinho to concentrate on rectifying the frailties Newcastle exposed.


"I don't know my best team because we have this kind of performance," said Mourinho, who has never beaten Newcastle in a league game at St James' Park.

"I know basically which is my best team, but it depends on the way we perform, because performances and results alter your decisions. I really have to analyse (this) deeply because it was the worst.

"You have to know why you win and you don't win by a miracle. You win by effort, commitment, ambition, quality, expressing yourself individually, but in the team context. I will not be making 11 changes on Wednesday because it will be too much, but I will be making a lot of changes for sure.

"I am angry and frustrated with the team and I am part of the team. I will look at myself as well."

In Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar, he has three gifted players who are too similar to play together.

And Mourinho can also no longer rely on the drive of Frank Lampard. He was outplayed by Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote and he was at fault for the first goal, misjudging the flight of Cabaye's free-kick, leaving Yoan Gouffran unmarked to head home. Loic Remy's sixth goal in eight games sealed the victory. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport