Jose Mourinho claims this is the reason why Newcastle have struggled recently

Jose Mourinho claims Newcastle haven't had recent success because they only try hard in certain matches.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told a press conference, as seen above, that Newcastle United haven't enjoyed much success lately because they choose when to try hard.

The Blues rescued a point against the Magpies on Saturday evening, after goals from Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum had put Steve McClaren's side 2-0 up.

However, late goals from Brazilian duo Ramires and Willian handed Chelsea a share of the spoils, as Mourinho's team rallied to claim a point on Tyneside.

Many fans and pundits went in to the game feeling that Chelsea would sweep Newcastle aside, given that McClaren had endured a winless start to the Premier League season, whilst their 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup once again underlined how disappointing the Magpies had been so far this term.

However, Newcastle finally showed the heart and desire to give the St. James' Park crowd a great performance, particularly in the first half, where they hassled and harried the Chelsea side relentlessly.

It was a surprising display from a Newcastle side who had been so insipid so far this season, but Blues manager Mourinho believes he knows why there was such a different in performance, telling a press conference (above) that Newcastle pick and choose which games to try hard in, suggesting their attitude is 'typical of a team that wins nothing'.

"I think maybe one of the reasons why Newcastle over the years doesn’t get good positions is because of this mentality, it’s because they choose some matches to sweat blood and in other matches, they don’t," said Mourinho. "This is an attitude typical of a team that wins nothing."

"It’s bad for them because if they play like this, they win many matches at home, and they don’t. But this is their problem. The reality is that they fought hard, they gave everything, they followed a line that many pundits gave straight away - you have to fight, you have to kick, you have to tackle, you have to run, so they were exactly that," he added.

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