Mourinho right to criticise Chelsea players, says Schurrle

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has conceded that Jose Mourinho had a point when he laid into the Premier League club’s players, ESPN has reported.

Mourinho was highly critical of the attitude of the players during their 2-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday and demanded better when Schalke visit Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday. The defeat on Tyneside left Chelsea five points adrift of league leaders Arsenal but they are top of Group E in European competition, albeit level on points with the German club.

Schurrle said it was understandable for the manager to react the way he did, and credited Mourinho for being honest. “I think it’s normal that he was frustrated,” Schurrle said. “We had a bad match and we didn’t play well.

It’s only normal that the manager wasn’t very happy with us. When we do something wrong or don’t play well he always tells us straight away. But he also does it directly – face to face with us.

That’s good because after that, after he’s told you, you know you have to do something to prove him wrong, to prove we are a good team and that we can play well,” the former Leverkusen winger added.

Chelsea host Schalke a matter of weeks after running out 3-0 winners in Gelsenkirchen, a brace from Fernando Torres and an Eden Hazard goal giving Mourinho’s team victory, although Torres will miss the return match through injury.

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