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The 52-year-old lambasted his players for their

first-half display and admits he is at a loss as

to why they made a marked improvement after

the break.

Jose Mourinho has slammed his Chelsea

players for their first-half display against

Newcastle United by rating their performance

as ‘minus one out of 10’.

Ayoze Perez opened the scoring for Steve

McClaren’s side before Georginio Wijnaldum

doubled the hosts’ lead, but the Premier League

champions rescued a point with late goals from

Ramires and Willian.

"In the first half, from 0 to 10, [Chelsea were]

-1. It was that bad,” Mourinho told Sky Sports .

“In the second half we played very well.

Ramires and Willian moved the game. They

brought more intensity, midfield pressing, more

recovery, much more dynamic arriving in

dangerous positions. An intensity Newcastle

couldn't cope with.

"The second half was really good. I'm very

happy with the second half, really disappointed

with the first half. And I have to try to

understand why one team can play so bad in

one half and so well in another one. In every

aspect in the first half we were bad. Poor

individual performances, too many. As a

consequence of that it's impossible for a team

to be a good, competitive team.”

Loic Remy started in attack in the absence of

Diego Costa, who is serving a three-game ban,

and Mourinho admits his side missed the

Spaniard’s presence.

"Of course [Chelsea missed Costa]. The

decision to suspend him, everybody knows that

we lose potential when we don't have him,” said

the Chelsea manager.

“So great decision. I have to believe so, it's

difficult to say. It's not fair to say. I just say that

he's a very important player for us."



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