Monday 24 September 2018

Torres injury gives Mourinho options

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Picture credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

JOSE MOURINHO hopes for a swift response from Chelsea in tomorrow's Champions League Group E clash with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

After six successive wins in October, the Blues lost 2-0 at Newcastle on Saturday to extend Mourinho's winless run at St James' Park.

Chelsea return to home Champions League action for the first time since the loss to Basle, which ended a near-10-year, 29-match unbeaten run in the group phase of Europe's elite competition.

The Blues responded by winning at Steaua Bucharest and Schalke and another victory over the Germans would enhance their claims of a place in the knock-out stages.

"We are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League, but if we lose again we are in a difficult position," Mourinho said.


"So Wednesday is an important game for us."

Chelsea have won all five of their Premier League home fixtures, but have just one win on the road, at Norwich.

Mourinho (pictured right) added: "At home, five games, five victories and away, five matches, one victory, two defeats.

"We can also say that we played away in very difficult stadiums.

"We played at Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton, we played in probably the most difficult places to go, but I have to analyse it by another perspective, which is the perspective of why we don't do better, and why especially on Saturday because that was the worst."

Mourinho has promised changes against Schalke, having made wholesale changes in the matches with Arsenal and Newcastle.

Fernando Torres missed training today as the first-team squad took to the field at their Cobham training base to finalise preparations for tomorrow's meeting with the German side at Stamford Bridge.

Reports today suggested that the Spain striker had made a premature exit from training yesterday.

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