Jose Mourinho has had plenty to say about Newcastle United after his latest winless visit to St James Park.
Heading off with a point was actually an improvement on recent visits for Mourinho and his players, with St James Park remaining a stadium where the Chelsea manager has never won.
No doubt it puzzles the blues boss as to why he has never won away at Newcastle in either spell as Chelsea manager, so no doubt he gives visits to Tyneside that extra little bit of thought each time.
Mourinho said after the 2-2 draw that one of Newcastle’s ongoing problems is a lack of consistency, raising themselves for some matches and not in others, with this week’s results & performances against Watford, Sheffield Wednesday Reserves and Chelsea showing up as ideal illustrations of that.
Fair play to the Chelsea manager on this occasion because he said that Newcastle were good value for their point, not sure if he would have been quite so gracious if United had held on for all three, which they possibly deserved to do…
“I think maybe one of the reasons why Newcastle over the years don’t get good positions is because of this mentality, it’s because they choose some matches to sweat blood and in other matches, they don’t.
“This is an attitude typical of a team that wins nothing, it is bad for them because if they play like this, they win many matches at home… but they don’t – but that is their problem.”
Newcastle were exactly that:
“The reality is that they fought hard, they gave everything, they followed a line that many pundits gave straight away – you have to fight, you have to kick, you have to tackle, you have to run.
“So they were exactly that, they fought for a point, and I think they deserved a point because of the way they fought.”