Jose Mourinho admits he is "angry and frustrated" with the Chelsea team following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Newcastle - and has revealed that he will make wholesale changes for Wednesday night's match against Schalke.
“I will be making a lot of changes. Maybe not 11 because it will be too much but a lot," the Portuguese coach is quoted as saying by The Sun. “I don’t know my best team because we have this kind of performance. I knew basically my best team but performances and results alter your decisions.
“I am angry and frustrated with the team and I am part of the team."
Mourinho insists that he did not blast his players after Saturday's match, but he still expects a positive response in the Champions League this week.
“After the match I told them nothing. It is time to cool down. But I hope there will be a reaction," he continued. “Wednesday is important because we are in a stable position to qualify but, if we lose, we are again in a difficult position. It is a very important game for us.”
Chelsea can take a major step towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout rounds by defeating Schalke, who they beat 3-0 two weeks ago in Gelsenkirchen, at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues currently top Group E after taking six points from their first three matches but must still travel to Basel, who beat Mourinho's men in west London in September.
Saturday's defeat leaves Chelsea five points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal in second place - and Mourinho was left to rue the club's disappointing away form.
“At home, we have had five matches and five victories and, away, we have had five matches and one victory," he aded. “We can say we have played Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton — the most difficult places to go.
“But I have to analyse why we don’t do better, especially against Newcastle.
“This result was the worst.”