Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he does not know his best side after Saturday’s disappointing display against Newcastle United.
Mourinho said he made “11 mistakes” with his team selection after seeing his team lose 2-0 at St James’ Park, and he is promising to shake things up for Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Schalke at Stamford Bridge.
“I will make changes,” he told his club’s official website. “Not 11 changes because that would be too much, but changes for sure.
“I don’t know my best team because we have this kind of performance. I know basically which is my best team, but it depends on the way we perform because performances and result push you for decisions.
“You have to know why you win, and you don’t win by a miracle. You win by effort, you win by commitment, you win by ambition, you win by quality and you win by expressing yourself individually but in the team context.
“You have to know why you win and I tell my players every time I can, every time I have meetings with them: ‘Don’t forget why you are getting results’. We are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League, but if we lose against Schalke we are in a difficult position, so Wednesday is an important game for us.”
Mourinho feels Chelsea’s away form this season is an ongoing concern, with the display at Newcastle setting alarm bells ringing.
“At home, five games, five victories -- and, away, five matches, one victory, two defeats,” Mourinho said, having seen his side fall five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.
“We can also say that we played away in very difficult stadiums. We played at Man United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton -- we played in probably the most difficult places to go -- but I have to analyse it by another perspective which is the perspective of why we don’t do better, and why especially on Saturday, because that was the worst.
“Against Everton we were really unlucky because we had a fantastic first half and in the second half we had a clear penalty for us and the referee didn’t give it. At Newcastle, we had the kind of match we have to analyse deeply because it was the worst.”