Mourinho warns Chelsea ahead of Schalke match: No more defeat!

Any more dropped points could prove catastrophic for the club's Champions League hopes.

Chelsea may have secured progression into the quarterfinals of the League Cup, command the second position in the Premier League and sit atop of their Champions League group, but that is not enough for Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who believes their European spot is precarious and that, despite their domestic form there is cause for concern when one studies performances at Stamford Bridge and those away from West London.

Chelsea trail pace-setting Arsenal by five points in England's top tier, with the main thing separating themselves and Liverpool from the Gunners is an additional draw and an extra loss to show after ten match-days.

If the table considered home form alone, though, Chelsea would be on top of the charts, with a maximum 15 points from five games, 12 goals and just three concessions. Judging exclusively on away form tells an altogether different story as Arsenal - like they do in the complete Premier League table - lead the way while Chelsea cannot even be found in the top four, not even in a European spot… not even in the top half.

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Speaking to the club's official website, Mourinho attempted to diagnose this problem. He said: 'At home, five games, five victories and away, five matches, one victory, two defeats.

'We can also say that we played away in very difficult stadiums. We played at Man United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton, we played in probably the most difficult places to go, but I have to analyse it by another perspective which is the perspective of why we don't do better, and why especially on Saturday [the loss to Newcastle] because that was the worst.'

Their Champions League form is in a stark contrast as Basle beat them at home on the opening European match-day, yet Mourinho's men had little difficulty in returning from Steaua Bucharest and Schalke with six points on the road. On Wednesday, November 6, when the Bundesliga fly over for the reverse fixture, Mourinho has warned his troops that they must encounter no more defeats as it will seriously harm their continental campaign.

'We are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League but if we lose again we are in a difficult position,' he concluded.

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