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Jose Mourinho: Why I opted for Ramires and Willian in the second half


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the way Newcastle United defended in the second half was the reason why he introduced Ramires and Willian.

They helped the Blues back in the game after a very disappointing first half.

And the Portuguese was full of praise for the two after the final whistle.

"Maybe one the reasons why Newcastle over the years don't get good positions is because of this mentality," Mourinho said.

"They choose some matches to sweat blood and in other matches they don't. This is an attitude of a team that wins nothing.

"But they fought hard and they gave everything and they follow a line that many pundits give that you have to fight and kick and tackle and run, and they deserved a point the way they fought.

"They [Ramires and Willian] brought the team to another level.

"I know their characteristics and I know Ramires is one of the few players we have who can shoot from outside the box.

"When the block is very low and they are winning 2-0 and playing inside the box and it is difficult to penetrate and find space, to play Ramires in that position brings us that possibility of a shot from outside."

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