Toothless, not ruthless – Jose Mourinho ready to wield axe at Chelsea following 2-0 defeat to Newcastle

‘I don’t know my best team,’ admits manager angry with a side still to embrace his philosophy

Jose Mourinho was angry following defeat to Newcastle. We know that because he told us. He said it to everyone who asked. He did not, however, tell his players, and that was more revealing. The 2-0 defeat was the opportunity to distance himself from the team he inherited in the summer from the seven men who had managed Chelsea since he left. It is not the machine he built and left in 2007. This team is not ruthless. The players are still to embrace Mourinho’s philosophy.

“You have to know why you win and you don’t win by a miracle,” he said. “You win by effort, by commitment, by ambition, by quality, by expressing yourself individually but in the team context. You have to know why you win and I tell my players every time I can, ‘Don’t forget why you are getting results’.”

Chelsea have won one game away from Stamford Bridge in the Premier League: one win in five now. They won three of their first five when Mourinho marched into English football in 2004. They are five points down on that season’s tally away from home. They are five points behind Arsenal. The bar on how to start a season was raised by Mourinho back then, and certainly his finger was pointing at a soft underbelly that has developed at his old club since he left.

Last season Chelsea finished 14 points behind the division’s eventual winners. The season before it was 25 points. Both distant finishes were mentioned. It is not his Chelsea. If he could have shouted it without alienating his own dressing room, Mourinho would have done. It felt like he had been waiting for the time to remind everyone in it of what they need to do and to those outside what the 2013 Chelsea do not have. They did not have appetite against Newcastle. They were not ruthless in a one-sided first half when business could have been taken care of.

Newcastle were a different team after the break. Yoan Gouffran headed in a Yohan Cabaye free-kick in the 69th minute and Loïc Rémy scored a fine second at the death. By then the home side were deserved winners.

“I don’t know my best team because we have this kind of performance,” added Mourinho. “I know basically which is my best team but it depends on the way we perform, because performances and results alter your decisions. I have to analyse by another perspective, which is the perspective of why we don’t do better, especially today. Today was the worst. Today is the kind of match I really have to analyse deeply because it was the worst.

“It is fair to say I am angry and frustrated. I am angry and frustrated with the team and I am part of the team. I will look at myself as well. Every game is important. Wednesday [against Schalke] is important because we are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League, but if we lose we are again in a difficult position. It is a very important game for us.”

Saturday’s was also a hugely important victory for Newcastle’s manager, Alan Pardew. Newcastle had lost to Sunderland in the league and Manchester City in the League Cup before their surprise victory. They travel to Spurs on Saturday.

“Disaster [if Newcastle had lost]? No I don’t think that at all,” Pardew said. “It’s a big win, but we have beaten Chelsea and that’s it. Let’s not get carried away and say we are going to be in Europe and we’ll be great, or it would be a disaster if we’d lost three on the trot. I honestly don’t see that.

“I think [the owner] Mike Ashley understands the fine lines we are working in. He texted me this week and he knows we played well at Sunderland and we could have won there. The breaks in the game can make all the difference and we got the breaks today whereas at Sunderland we didn’t.”

Suggested Topics
News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Voices
'Irritatingly Disneyfied': fashion vlogger Zoella
voicesVicky Chandler: Zoella shows us that feminism can come in all forms
Life and Style
health
Arts and Entertainment
Pink Floyd on stage at Live 8 in 2005. From left to right: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright
music New album The Endless River set to overtake boyband for most pre-ordered of all-time
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?