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Mourinho Vows to Make Changes for Schalke Clash

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 11:59 AM
Jose Mourinho has vowed to make changes to his squad for Wednesday’s crucial UEFA Champions League Group E match against Schalke after making “11 mistakes” with his team selection against Newcastle United in Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League defeat on Saturday.

“I will make changes,” the Chelsea coach told the club’s official Web site. “Not 11 changes because that would be too much, but changes for sure. 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 results push you for decisions. You have to know why you win, and you don’t win by a miracle,” he added. ‘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.’”

However, an ongoing concern for the "Special One" is Chelsea’s away form.  “At home, five games, five victories -- and, away, five matches, one victory, two defeats,” Mourinho said after Saturday’s defeat put his team five points behind Premier League leader Arsenal. “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 analyze 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."

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