It was that bad. “They’ve had the worst start to a season I can remember, it’s been awful”. At half-time, I said I was sorry I only had three substitutes as I wanted to change six.
Perez put Newcastle ahead against Chelsea before Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the Magpies’ advantage with a header in the second-half.
Mourinho signed Falcao on a season-long loan in the summer transfer window despite the Colombia global scoring just four times in 26 Premier League games for their rivals Manchester United last term.
Steve McClaren and Newcastle will be gutted they couldn’t take all three points while Jose Mourinho will be delighted to get something out of a game they were never really in until the end, even if he doesn’t show it in the post-match interview. Ramires and Willian moved the game, not because they scored the goals, but they moved the game.
And the pressure only intensified this week, as Newcastle became the biggest casualties of the League Cup third round with a defeat to a weakened Sheffield Wednesday. “They gave 100 per cent to the team and to our strategy, so I am very happy with them“. In every aspect in the first half we were bad. When you have so many bad individual performances, it is impossible to be a team. Next up, Newcastle will have a very tough test when they go into Manchester to face Man City, while Chelsea will have a midweek Champions League fixture against Porto. As a striker I have to score goals and make chances for the team.
It was nearly as baffling as the Chelsea performance, because Mourinho then tried to clarify.
“In the first half, from 0 to 10, [Chelsea were] -1”. Ramires didn’t get a point on the second goal by Willian but he was certainly in on that play as well as he got a head on the free kick that eventually ended up in the back of the net.
Jose Mourinho is becoming impatient with his erratic Chelsea stars. Willian, Oscar and Pedro are all available for first team selection again after recovering injury.
Chelsea are struggling to hit the form that saw them dominate last year’s title race and Mourinho is baffled as to the reasons. “They were screaming he was so exhausted that I had to take him off. Yes he was exhausted but he was just a talisman for us out there”.