Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on his players to knuckle down and return to winning ways in the Champions League against Schalke, the
Mourinho accused his squad of complacency after the Premier League defeat to Newcastle on Saturday and, days later, he revealed at his pre-match press conference that the performance against the Magpies and the preparation for the fixture was still on his mind. “I’m not happy with the way we faced that match, as simple as that,” he said.
“Sometimes, when you win a lot of times, players forget why they win,” Mourinho continued. “Probably they forgot why they won against Schalke, Arsenal, and Manchester City. When you win three, four, five matches they forget why they won and think they win just because they are good.
“But there are many other ingredients in football that make you a consistent winner. I hope now they don’t forget why they won a lot of matches and why they lost against Newcastle.”
Mourinho did however admit that complacency was at times inevitable as his players are, after all, only human, and admitted he saw no signs of the players slackening off ahead of the defeat on Tyneside. “Did I see it coming? Before the game, no,” he added. “Maybe I was also influenced by the way they grew up so fast as a team, and the way they could play so fast to compete in that week.”
Chelsea go into the match with Schalke at Stamford Bridge on top of Group E but level on points with their German visitors. Chelsea did however record a 3-0 win over Schalke in Germany in their last European outing, but Fernando Torres, who scored twice in Gelsenkirchen, will miss the return meeting due to injury.
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