Chelsea boss labels entire team selection against Newcastle, including Mata, Torres and Hazard, mistakes.
After Chelsea's shock 2-0 defeat against Newcastle Utd on Saturday afternoon, Blues' manager Jose Mourinho was surprisingly damning of his team's performance.
The Portugese had claimed before the match that he had a real selection dilemma following his team's impressive midweek performance away to Arsenal in the League Cup. During that victory, many players outside the first eleven produced assured performances, though Mourinho apparently resisted the temptation to make too many changes to the team, with only David Luiz and Juan Mata claimed starting positions from that side at St James' Park.
Things didn't quite go to plan for the self-appointed 'Special One' though, as goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy clinched the three points for the Magpies, while Chelsea failed to register.
In the post match news conference, when queried whether he had in fact picked the right team to start the match, the Chelsea boss, normally such an ardent defender of his players, claimed to have gotten his entire team wrong.
"I made eleven mistakes, I should of picked the other eleven and not this one."
"I had one team that was not there. When the team is not there normally you lose."
"We deserved to lose, maybe they don't deserve to win but for sure we deserved to lose."
Such comments may just be an indication of his anger after the defeat, but usual Mourinho favourites such as Petr Cech, John Terry and Oscar may now face an anxious wait to see if they start this Wednesday's crunch Champions League match against Schalke.