Jose Mourinho has discussed the “unfair” element of leaving out quality players from his Chelsea side. Here, fanatix selects the five with a point to prove.
Jose Mourinho says that he is finding it difficult to leave some players out of the Chelsea team.
The Blues boss has an extraordinarily large squad, with his second choice XI that took on Swindon in the Capital One Cup featuring eleven full internationals.
The three substitutes in that match? Former England captain John Terry, Senegal striker Demba Ba and Brazil midfielder Ramires.
“It’s not easy for me to leave some players at home or on the bench because I think everyone deserves to play,” commented Mourinho to the Independent.
“To have all those choices is a good problem and to have all the players playing well and committed to the group is fantastic.
“But for me the responsibility of saying ‘you don’t play’ is very hard because I feel I am being unfair with the ones I’m not selecting, because they are doing all they can to play and they can’t do any more.
“When they come in they give everything, when they have a chance to play they play well.
“I change the team and they play a magnificent match so it’s a difficult feeling for me because I’m unfair on them.”
With that in mind, fanatix has selected five players with something to prove to Mourinho – that they deserve to be first team regulars at Stamford Bridge.
Find out who on the following pages…