CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho has accused his players of complacency and expects a positive reaction when Schalke visit Stamford Bridge in the Champions League tonight.
The Blues’ run of six straight victories in all competitions was halted on Saturday by a 2-0 reverse at mid-table Newcastle.
Having already lost at home in Europe this season to Basel, Chelsea can ill afford another stumble and Mourinho has urged his team to regain their focus.
“My bad reaction with the players was not after the game [against Newcastle], it was at half-time, because I was feeling the mentality wasn’t the best,” he said.
“Sometimes, when you win a lot players forget why they’ve won. There are many ingredients in football matches which make you a consistent winner. I hope they don’t forget why they won a lot of matches and why they lost against Newcastle. If they have that in their mind we are fine.”
Chelsea will be without in-form striker Fernando Torres – who has three goals in as many games – for at least two weeks, while left-back Ryan Bertrand is also out of tonight’s game through injury.
Mourinho has challenged strikers Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, with one goal between them so far this season, to make the most of their chance to shine in Torres’ absence.
“Samuel and Demba want to play, they are waiting for opportunities so when they have a chance they know they have in their hands the job to play up front,” Mourinho added.
“It’s a good motivation for them and hopefully they can express on the pitch the way they work during the week.”