Chelsea lost to Newcastle United 2-0 this past weekend in the English Premier League. Not the result you want heading into a match up against Schalke in Champions League group play. Manager Jose Mourinho doesn’t sound confident in his squad. He said he’d make changes but he doesn’t know what 11 players make up his best team.
“I will make changes,” Mourinho told his club’s official website. “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 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.”
Chelsea and Schalke are tied with six points at the top of Group E in the Champions League tournament.