Mourinho has lamented the ability of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o…
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lamented his lack of striking options at Stamford Bridge, claiming that his side are not major contenders for any competition as a result, reports BBC Sport.
Between them, Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have only scored five goals. To put this into perspective, this is three times less than Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has managed all on his own.
“I don’t think we are the big contenders of any competition,” Mourinho told BBC Radio 5 live.
“We don’t have the striker who is going to score 30 goals in the league.”
Despite Mourinho’s comments, his side won 2-1 yesterday at home to Crystal Palace, and will actually go ahead of league leaders Arsenal next weekend if they beat their London rivals.
Mourinho though, doesn’t think his team has a player with the killer instinct to truly challenge in the league.
“We know we don’t have that striker we used to call the killer, the selfish one, the one that gives the last touch,” the Portuguese continued.
“You don’t kill and when you don’t kill you are giving a chance to the opponent. It happened to us against Everton, it happened to us against Stoke. You have situations to kill and you don’t, so it’s difficult.
“It is a concern. We have to try to improve our defensive mistakes but I think the defensive mistakes are also a consequence of the fact you don’t kill.”
Mourinho’s comments surely indicate that he will go all out to sign a world-class striker when the transfer window opens in January, but when asked, the Blues boss claimed that nobody was available.
“No. They are not available,” Mourinho said.
“They are in the big clubs, they are in the clubs with big ambitions and big clubs with big ambitions don’t sell their top selfish ones.”
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Ironically, Chelsea already own a striker who is scoring goals in the Premier League this term. Romelu Lukaku, who the Blues loaned to Everton for the season, has bagged eight goals.for the high-flying Toffees.
Although Mourinho wouldn’t readily admit it, he may well be regretting his decision to lend the prodigal Belgian to a fellow Premier League side when he has such little respect for his current batch of forwards.