Newcastle 2 Chelsea 2: We were so bad, admits Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho admits that Chelsea were very poor in the first half during their 2-2 draw with Newcastle

Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea’s first-half performance against Newcastle United left a lot to be desired after the Blues came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park.

Ayoze Perez gave the home side the lead in the 42nd minute with a superb volley, before Georginio Wijnaldum made it 2-0 on the hour-mark when he headed home from a corner.

Substitute Ramires reduced the deficit in the 79th minute with a stunning long-range effort, before Willian’s free-kick found its way past Tim Krul.

The result left Chelsea down in 15th place in the Premier League table after having taken just eight points from their opening seven games.

And the Portuguese coach admitted that he was at a loss to explain why his side were so poor before the break.

Mourinho told BBC Sport: “We were so poor, so bad in the first half. It is possible to win the game with a good period but when you don’t play for 45 minutes it’s very difficult.

“I told the players at half-time that I have no time to ask them why they were so bad. I want to try to understand because I don’t accept it.

“I am not a magician. I tried my best for the team. At half-time I said I was sorry I only had three subs as I wanted to change six.

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“You cannot say that I react negatively, I complain, I am a critic. I laugh about it.”

Chelsea return to Premier League action when they host Southampton at Stamford Bridge next weekend, after their Champions League clash against Porto in midweek.

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