JOSE Mourinho says St James’s Park is one of his bogey grounds – because of Newcastle United’s support.
Mourinho’s Chelsea team were beaten 2-0 at the stadium on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.
The result brought an end to the club’s six-game winning streak.
And Mourinho blasted his players after the game, and claimed he had made “11 wrong choices” with his team selection.
Amid a subdued first-half atmosphere at St James’s Park given recent events on and off the field at the club, Newcastle absorbed intense pressure from Chelsea.
But St James’s Park came to life after the interval as United took the game to their visitors, and won the fixture for the second successive season.
And Mourinho – who has never guided Chelsea to a Premier League victory at the stadium – felt his team didn’t have the right “mentality” to play and win on Tyneside.
“I have never won here, and I have had champions teams,” said Mourinho.
“I have won here in the (League) Cup, I think, never in the league.
“Of course, it’s difficult. They have a fantastic crowd, and the crowd is always behind the team, but you have to come here with a certain kind of mentality.
“If you want to win matches, you have to come with a certain mentality and today, for sure, we didn’t come.”
Reflecting on the game, Mourinho said: “We were too soft.
“We were too soft with the ball and without the ball, but especially with the ball because we had the ball for a long time, and we were not aggressive, we were not intense with the ball, so it was a really bad performance by us.”
Mourinho made nine changes from the side he fielded in last Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win over Arsenal.
Asked about his team selection, he added: “I made 11 mistakes. I should have picked another 11, and not this one.
“It’s the feeling I have. When my team plays so badly, it’s the feeling I have.
“I’m exaggerating. Of course we had some guys with some normal, good performances, but the feeling is that I made 11 wrong choices.”