Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blasted his players' attitude after his side's lacklustre display in the 2-0 loss to Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday.
Mourinho's side came into Saturday's match on the back of a six-game winning run which included the excellent 2-1 Premier League victory against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on the previous Sunday.
At Newcastle, however, Chelsea played badly and ended up losing a match in which several of their players put in poor performances.
Mourinho evidently blames the attitude of the players and is seemingly set to make several changes to the team for their Champions League clash against Schalke on Wednesday evening.
“When you win a lot you cannot forget why you win," he was quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"You cannot think you win because you have a nice shirt or are in a good run or a lucky moment. If you think like that, you’re in trouble. You can never forget why you are winning matches. Maybe we forgot (against Newcastle).
“Probably they forgot why they won against Schalke, they won against Arsenal, against Manchester City. When you win three, four, five matches they forget why they won and think they win just because they are good.
“The problem was the attitude. I expect my team to be a lot more than it was against Newcastle. Against Everton we lost but I was not so unhappy.
"We played really well and couldn’t score. But at Newcastle I was disappointed. I want my team to be proactive, not reactive. Things happened I didn’t like. I want my team to be better. At half-time I was telling them they were competing more in training than in that game.
“There are many other ingredients in football that make you a consistent winner. I hope now they don’t forget why they won a lot of matches and why they lost against Newcastle. If they have that clear in their minds, they’ll be fine," he added.
Mourinho's troops are currently sharing top spot in Champions League group E with Schalke. Both teams have six points and lie just two points ahead of Swiss outfit Basel.
Chelsea beat the Bundesliga outfit 3-0 in Germany two weeks ago when Fernando Torres - who is unavailable tonight through injury - scored two and Eden Hazard added a late goal.
Mourinho will be looking for something similar from his team to put them in pole position for the knock-out stages.
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