Mourinho’s best possible XI from a talented squad.
Since Jose Mourinho returned as manager of Chelsea this summer the club have enjoyed a steady start in both the Premier League and Champions League.
However, there has been some criticism from certain corners stating that the 50-year-old tinkers too much with the starting XI.
Yet with such an enormous and talented squad it’s easy to see why Mourinho is finding it difficult to find the coach’s preferred line-up.
Here is what fanatix thinks the Portuguese ace should do.
Goalkeeper and defence
Between the sticks there is no disputing that Petr Cech is the only man for the job, with the 32-year-old having been one of the best stoppers in the league for the past decade.
At the back things become a little more tricky however, with form varying quite drastically between the Blues’ defenders.
Despite the fact that Branislav Ivanovic has been operating at right-back, the Serb’s nervousness getting forward makes the 29-year-old the ideal partner for the revitalised captain John Terry.
Gary Cahill and David Luiz have both been utilised there this term, but Ivanovic is a cut above.
It also leaves a space open for Cesar Azpilicueta to fill in at right-back, even though the Spaniard has been playing (and impressing) on the opposite flank.
Therefore Ashley Cole takes up the final spot, despite the Englishman suffering a slight slump in form of late, as the 32-year-old is one of the best left-backs ever to grace the game.
There is a temptation to push Luiz into central midfield, as Rafael Benitez did on occasions with the Brazilian last year, but instead it’s Frank Lampard and Ramires – with both Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel looking poor.
It’s in attacking midfield where the west London club have an abundance of talent, with no fewer than six top-class options available.
Mourinho prefers Oscar in the No.10 role ahead of Juan Mata as the South American has more pace, but for sheer class fanatix has pushed the Brazil international to the right and left the Spaniard in the middle.
It means the hugely talented Kevin De Bruyne misses out, but that is a sacrifice worth making for Mata, while on the left wing Eden Hazard has proved yet again this term that there are few better than the Belgian in world football.
Samuel Eto’o has looked a shadow of the striker’s former self since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer and while Demba Ba is too good to be left on the bench, the signs of improvement from Fernando Torres means the Spain international resumes the forward role.
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