Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho reveals the selection headaches he has been facing ahead of his side’s match against Newcastle United.
Chelsea travels to the St. James’ Park tomorrow to face Newcastle United as they look to take advantage of Arsenal and Liverpool facing each other in the league this weekend. Chelsea are in amazing run of form currently and undefeated in their last nine games in all competitions. They could potentially lead the points table by the end of this weekend depending on the result at the Emirates.
But despite such good form Jose Mourinho, talking ahead of the game against Newcastle United, is not enjoying the selection headache he has to encounter before every game. Mourinho has the problem of plenty as the Chelsea squad is brimming with world class talents, especially in the attacking half of the pitch. The former Real Madrid manager will find it hard to keep everyone happy in the squad this season.
‘It is a bad feeling because it is not easy for me to leave some players at home and it is not easy for me to leave some players on the bench, because everyone deserves to play.
‘To have all the choices is a good problem, and to have all the players playing well and very much committed and with the group is fantastic, but to be the man responsible for saying you don’t play or you are on the bench, is at this moment very hard because I feel I am unfair to all of the ones I am not selecting.
‘They are doing everything to play,’ he emphasised. ‘When they are on the bench and they come on they make an impact, When they have the chance to start they do well. I changed the team and they played a magnificent match at the Emirates, so at this moment it is a difficult feeling for me because I am unfair with some of them.’ – The Chelsea manager explained.
Mourinho has been credited with the revival of Fernando Torres, who produced a man of the match performance against Manchester City last weekend, but the Chelsea manager refused to take all the credit. He insisted that Torres is responsible for his performance and he wants the former Liverpool striker to play freely against Newcastle United once again, without worrying about scoring a goal.
‘I repeat I did nothing. I did what I always do in trying to get the best out of the players, but in a very normal way. Fernando is responsible for his self-motivation and his commitment and the way he is working every day.
‘I don’t want Fernando to be influenced by these wins. I want him to be stable and not worried about proving himself or worried about scoring or not scoring. Against Newcastle he just needs to work for the team.’ – He added.
Mourinho is aware of his team’s opportunity to go to the top of the table by the end of this weekend, but he insisted that at the moment position in the points table hardly signifies anything about a team, all he expects is a good performance against Newcastle United.
‘What is important is to go in the right direction, and that is to play the way we are playing,.
‘We feel we are improving and the quality of our games is good. We won every match in October and we had to play Schalke and Arsenal away and Man City at home, so it was not an easy month.
‘But being top or not at this stage is a question of one, two or three points so it is not very important. Of course it is better to be first than be fifth. Now we go to Newcastle which is one of the most difficult games in the whole season. It is very difficult to play at St James’ Park but we are going to try.’ – Mourinho told the press.