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Mourinho: I don't know my best XI

ESPN staff
November 4, 2013
Mourinho: I made 11 mistakes

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he 'does not know his best team' after Saturday's disappointing display against Newcastle on Saturday.

Mourinho sarcastically suggested he made "11 mistakes" with his team selection after seeing his team lose 2-0 at St James' Park and now he has promised to make changes to his line-up for Wednesday night's Champions League game against Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

"I will make changes, not 11 changes because that would be too much, but changes for sure," Mourinho told the Chelsea website. "I don't know my best team because we have this kind of performance. I know basically which is my best team, but it depends on the way we perform because performances and result push you for decisions.

"You have to know why you win, and you don't win by a miracle. You win by effort, you win by commitment, you win by ambition, you win by quality and you win by expressing yourself individually but in the team context.

"You have to know why you win and I tell my players every time I can, every time I have meetings with them, don't forget why you are getting results.

"We are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League, but if we lose against Schalke we are in a difficult position, so Wednesday is an important game for us."

Mourinho concedes his side's form on their travels this season is an ongoing concern, with the display at Newcastle last weekend setting alarm bells ringing for the Blues boss.

"At home, five games, five victories and away, five matches, one victory, two defeats," added Mourinho, whose five fell five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

"We can also say that we played away in very difficult stadiums. We played at Man United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton, we played in probably the most difficult places to go, but I have to analyse it by another perspective which is the perspective of why we don't do better, and why especially on Saturday because that was the worst.

"Against Everton we were really unlucky because we had a fantastic first half and in the second half we had a clear penalty for us and the referee didn't give it. At Newcastle we had the kind of match we have to analyse deeply because it was the worst."

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