Mourinho: A view of two halves
news Mon 28 Sep 2015
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea can win every match if the Blues perform in the same manner as in the second half against Newcastle United on Saturday.
Goals from Ramires and Willian helped us to come from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils in a thrilling Barclays Premier League match at St James' Park, and the manager wants to see that level of performance repeated when we resume our Champions League campaign at Porto on Tuesday evening.
'If we play like we did in the second half we can win every match,' said Mourinho, who returns to his former club this week 11 years on from leading them to Champions League glory. 'But if we play like we did in the first half we can lose every match.
'I don't believe in both extremes. I don't believe we are always going to play like we did in the first half or like we did in the second half.'
The Blues are currently on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which started with a 4-0 victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League, but Mourinho has hinted at possible changes for Tuesday night's European resumption after admitting he wanted to make as many as six substitutions at the interval against Newcastle.
'I'm concerned – I don't understand and I don't accept,' he said about some individual performances. 'I'd like to make more changes than I did, but the ones I did were enough to improve the team and get us a point.
'I didn't make changes at half-time because I didn't know which substitutions to make – I wanted to make six. I was trying to understand what was best for the team so I decided to wait.'
Mourinho does however take the positives from a game which the Blues so very nearly won through Ramires' late header, which Tim Krul superbly kept out.
'We started the fixture with an eight points difference to the top of the league and we finished it with an eight points difference and one match less away from home, in a stadium where it's always difficult for us.’