José Mourinho disappointed after predictable defeat
Chelsea manager suggests he sensed 2-0 defeat to Newcastle coming aftre lacklustre first half
Chelsea manager José Mourinho congratulates Alan Pardew of Newcastle United at the final whistle. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Chelsea boss José Mourinho seemed unsurprised by his team’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James’s Park on Saturday, claiming he sensed it was coming.
Despite hitting the woodwork twice in the first half, the Blues were eventually undone by goals after the interval from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy to end a run of five unbeaten matches in the Premier League.
It was a bad result for a side deemed to be among the title favourites and Mourinho admitted it was a display he wants to forget.
“I didn’t like it (the performance) and I think we deserved to lose,” the Portuguese told BT Sport. “We had a couple of good chances to score the equaliser but they were more in the game than us, they fought more than us, were much more committed than us.
“They did much to win and for sure they were the best team on the pitch.
“I told the team (at half-time) that I’ve been in the game for many, many years and I was smelling what happened because it was quite easy to play the first half.
“We had lots of space but we were not sharp, we were not intense with the ball. We defended quite well, but we were not fast and intense and aggressive with the ball, so we let the game go.
“I didn’t like my team today and I’m disappointed.”