11 Mistakes Cost Chelsea at Newcastle Says Angry Jose Mourinho

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND Ð NOVEMBER 02: Jose Mourinho of Chelsea looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on November 02, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Jose Mourinho has criticised himself and his players by admitting he made 11 mistakes in his team selection for Chelsea’s loss to Newcastle on Saturday.

Chelsea passed up the chance to go top of the table, as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat to the Magpies at St James’ Park.

In an interview with the broadcaster BT Sport on Saturday, Mourinho was full of praise for Newcastle by saying they were fully deserving of the three points.

In his interview, Mourinho said:

I didn’t like our performance and I think we deserved to lose—it’s as simple as that.

We had a good reaction and a couple of good chances to equalise but I think they were more in the game than us.

They fought more than us and were much more committed than us. For sure they were the best team on the pitch. If somebody had to win, it was Newcastle, not us.

However, he later spoke to the Sunday newspapers and was far more critical of his own team and himself.

The Mail’s on Sunday's Bob Cass picked up on the quotes in his piece:

I made 11 wrong team choices; I made 11 mistakes.

I’ve been in this game many years and I was smelling what was going to happen. I did not like my team today.

When one team is not there they normally lose and that’s what happened to us today. We lacked everything really.

The likes of John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech, mainstays of his side that dominated during his previous spell at the club, were in the team, so even those closest to Mourinho did not escape criticism.

Chelsea have a 100 percent home record in the league this year but have only one win on the road to their record.

Next up for the Blues are Schalke at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, followed by a home Premier League meeting with West Brom.