Sunday 22 April 2018

Mourinho urges Chelsea to regain focus after Toon trauma

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Julian Bennetts

Jose Mourinho has accused his Chelsea players of complacency during their defeat by Newcastle on Saturday and has warned them he will not tolerate a repeat.

The Chelsea manager's mind was still fixed on the Tyneside trauma as he prepared for tonight's Champions League clash with Schalke at Stamford Bridge. He claimed he had made "11 mistakes" with his team selection after the 2-0 defeat left them five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Portuguese revealed he tore into his team at half-time, when the game was scoreless, as he felt they had assumed they would win easily and were not competing as hard as they would in a training session.

Victory tonight would leave Chelsea on the verge of qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League and Mourinho is expected to make changes to his side having warned there can be no more complacency.

"I'm not happy with the way we faced that match, as simple as that,"

"Sometimes, when you win a lot of times, players forget why they win. Probably they forgot why they won against Schalke, Arsenal, and Manchester City... they forget why they won and think they win just because they are good," he said.

"I hope now they don't forget why they won a lot of matches and why they lost against Newcastle.

"At half-time I was telling them they were competing more in training sessions than in that game. I was disappointed. I want my team to be proactive, not reactive. Things happened I didn't like."

Mourinho attributed the complacency to human nature after a run of six successive wins and said he was surprised by the display.

He added: "A football player is a human being and human beings make mistakes. Sometimes they don't have the best approach.

"I repeat, not just here but every club, when you win a lot you cannot forget why you win. You cannot think you win because you have a nice shirt or are in a good run or a lucky moment. If you think like that, you're in trouble." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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