'We Were so Soft' - Pochettino Questions Chelsea Players' Mentality

Mauricio Pochettino questioned his players' mentality and accused them of making life "easy" for Newcastle as Chelsea slumped to a 4-1 defeat at St James' Park. 

Newcastle's injury crisis meant they named three goalkeepers on a hugely inexperienced bench for Saturday's visit of Chelsea, but they brushed the Blues aside.

Pochettino's side came into the game on the back of impressive results against Tottenham and Manchester City but lost Reece James to a red card and saw Thiago Silva hand Newcastle a goal amid an ill-disciplined display.

Asked about Silva's uncharacteristic error, Pochettino pinned the blame on his team as a whole, saying: "It's a bad mistake but I am talking more about energy.

"We did not prepare ourselves to compete in the best way. This is my concern. We thought we were ready to compete but we didn't compete in the way the competition demanded.