Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: At half-time I wanted to sub six players

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reflected on his side’s last fightback to secure a 2-2 draw away at Newcastle United and stated that his side were so poor in the first-half that he would have subbed six players had he been able to.

The Stamford Bridge side found themselves a goal down just before the break when Ayoze Perez took advantage of some bad defending to give the Magpies the lead.

Georginio Wijnaldum netted on the hour and Chelsea looked set to lose their fourth Premier League game of the season before subs Ramires and Willian offered the away side new life, both Brazilian scoring to level matters.

“We were so poor, so bad in the first half. It is possible to win the game with a good period but when yo 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.

“It is a point. That’s what we got. Better than to lose but I’m never happy when I don’t win matches.” Mourinho added.


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