Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are sitting comfortably at the top of the Premier League table, with victory over Stoke City on Saturday evening – once more – proving that the Blues are stubborn in their refusal to slip up.
The Stamford Bridge outfit are unbeaten in the league since their New Year’s Day defeat to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and look all set to be crowned the champions of England in May.
However Mourinho isn’t completely satisfied with his side.
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Out of form midfielder Oscar was a surprise start against the Potters at the weekend, and Mourinho clearly wasn’t pleased with the Brazilian’s performance, after hauling him off at half-time.
He has since claimed that he didn’t think Oscar had a poor performance – rather he simply isn’t good enough, as he squandered an excellent chance in the first-half, and wasn’t effective in possession.
“I don’t think he had a bad performance, I just think he was not good enough, which is a huge difference,” as quoted by the Guardian.
The Portuguese also leapt to the defence of under-fire Cesc Fabregas, insisting that football is not simply about statistics, and also hinted that Diego Costa’s drop in form has had a role to play in the Spaniard’s lack of assists in the second-half of the season.
For me, football is not just mathematics,” said Mourinho.
“When some people write that Fàbregas drops his level because the number of assists are not the same, the number of assists is probably not the same because the player that he assists doesn’t score. I think he’s playing wonderfully well.”