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Pochettino slams Chelsea players after Newcastle hammering

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino slammed his players' mentality after defeat at Newcastle.

The Blues lost 4-1 on the day with captain Reece James being sent off.

Pochettino said: "We were not prepared in the best way to compete today. That is my concern. We thought we were ready to compete today but we didn't in the way the competition demanded.

"Even if Newcastle wasn't great, it was an easy win. To come here, Chelsea, and show it would be difficult for them to play to win the game and beat us. It was so easy the way that we conceded. the way we were soft in every single challenge, we did not show we were playing for something important.

"That is why it made me angry and disappointed. Even if we talk about being a young team, we need to learn. These type of games make me very, very, very, very, very angry because it is about showing more personality and character. Okay we are young but we can not miss this type of opportunity to show our best.

"We can not come from Tottenham, Man City, [where] around the world people praised Chelsea and then… 'Okay, I stop one step before, I don't do the effort in the right moment. Ok no problem it is going to fix my teammate in behind'. That is a problem. We need to be more solid in this area.

"Mental of course and attitude, it is not attitude, it is about showing more strength in our mental game and be ready to compete. This is not the same that play football. I can play football, you can play football but to compete? I want to be ready to compete but today we didn't."

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