Citing “awful individual performances” and a first-half display from Chelsea that he rated minus one out of 10, Jose Mourinho was both “relieved” and “disappointed” at Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle United here last night.
When Ayoze Perez fired them into a 42nd-minute lead as the Chelsea defence slept, it was not against the run of play, and they gave themselves breathing space on the hour when a criminally unmarked Georginio Wijnaldum headed home a Perez corner.
Luckily the Blues staged a late comeback as Ramires scored a thunderbolt before Willian’s free kick saved a point for Jose Mourinho.
“If we play like we did in the second half, we can win every match this season“, he said. I do not understand it and I do not accept it, ‘ he said when asked about the lacklustre effort of his players. This is the current Dutch Player of the Year, and we need him to put in more performances like that over the course of the season. “When so many individuals are playing so badly, it is impossible for a team to be a team”. But Newcastle are fighting for their lives and they got their fans onside when they went up, which wasn’t great for us.
Despite having seven minutes to potentially score a winning goal, Mourinho reckons Chelsea hardly stood a chance because of Mr Atkinson’s style of refereeing.
He told nufcTV: “This game is very good for our confidence”.
“I would have liked to make more changes than I did, but the ones I did were enough to improve the team and get us a point”.
Newcastle, beaten by Sheffield Wednesday’s reserves on home turf just three days earlier, had dominated the first half.
Mourinho was not so downbeat, pointing to Manchester City’s 4-1 defeat at Tottenham and an away game at a jinxed ground – he has never won at St James’ Park in six attempts, losing three – out of the way.
“We’ve always said from day one be patient”.
“(I’m) really happy to get my first goal of the season but a little bit sad because we dropped points”, he added.
“They choose a few matches to sweat blood and in other matches they don’t”. They don’t, but this is their problem.