Jose Mourinho has given his updates about the current injury situation at Chelsea and the news is not good for David Luiz and John obi Mikel. Both players are unlikely to be fit for the upcoming Champions League match against Galatasaray. The first leg of this last 16 tie will be in Turkey. Chelsea will be looking to get an away goal from this match, as it would give them a huge boost ahead of the return leg in Stamford Bridge. However, they will be without their defensive linchpins like David Luiz and John obi Mikel.
Both players are understood to be struggling, while the likes of Ramires and Oscar are also 50-50 to take part in the match. Oscar has been struggling with tiredness in the last few weeks. Mourinho himself has dropped him from the starting line-up citing the tiredness. He is unlikely to start given that most of the match is expected to be spent in trying to repel the attacks from the Turkish outfit, who are extremely strong at home. The absence of Mikel and Luiz could potentially be serious for Chelsea given that the Nemanja Matic will also be unavailable due to being cup tied.
Mourinho said that Ramires suffered an injury during the 1-0 win over Everton.
“We have three days so let’s see. With Mikel and David Luiz, I don’t know if they can recover. It’s important we have at least one of them because we don’t have Matic for the Champions League. It’s not a dangerous one, just a painful one. He said he could cope with the situation, clearly he couldn’t. Ramires had a similar situation to Oscar, I tried to protect him and not play him but the game demanded I play him. Clearly, though, he could cope with the situation,” said Mourinho.
Chelsea humiliated Manchester United after managing a 3-1 win over one of their biggest Premier league rivals. John Terry has said that he is happy to have achieved this significant victory over the club, who have the upper hand in recent years in this fixture. Terry has been on the wrong side of defeat to United, with the most recent coming as early as last season after United managed a 3-2 win. However, they were never at their races in this encounter, as Chelsea dominated from start to finish with some clinical finishing.
United had most of the ball in the early exchanges, but they were unable to breach the impressive defence of Chelsea. The home team took the lead on the counter-attack through a goal from Samuel Eto’o, who scored his first hat-trick of his Chelsea career. As a result of this victory, Chelsea have moved within two points of Arsenal, who won their match on Saturday. Javier Hernandez scored the consolation goal, which reduced the margin of victory, but Terry did not seem too much worried about it. The defender has been part of an impressive record in recent weeks.
Chelsea have conceded just one goal in 2014, while Liverpool were the previous team to breach their defence several weeks ago.
“At times we have struggled over the years and Man Utd have come here and really given us a bit of a pasting. They’re not playing the greatest at the moment and it was important we did the same to them today. I think the result shows we’re pushing and trying to keep with Arsenal and Man City. The last two weeks have been important because we have worked on different defensive work. We are looking much more of a unit now and together,” said Terry speaking after the match.
David Luiz is not a part of the Chelsea squad which will visit Switzerland to face FC Basel in a Champions League game. He has been ruled out because of his knee injury.
Luiz had performed pretty well when Chelsea had taken on Basel at St. Jakob Park in a Europa League game earlier this year. He had scored a match winning goal in that game and had helped his team win by a close margin of 2-1.
Losing Luiz is a big blow for the Blues, but, they would be happy with the fact that their main striker Fernando Torres has been declared fit and he will travel with the team to Basel. Torres had been out of action since a while as he had been struggling with his adductor injury.
In the absence of Luiz, the two men who are expected to play as centre-backs for Chelsea are Gary Cahill and John Terry.
All Chelsea needs from this game against Basel is 1 point. If they manage to get that, they will be through to the knockouts. In case they win, they would be able to maintain their top position in the points table of Group E.
Chelsea has lost just one Champions League game this season and that defeat had come against Basel at Stamford Bridge. So, the Blues would not be taking their Swiss opponents lightly at all.
As far as Chelsea’s performance in the away Champions League games is concerned, it has been quite good this season. They have so far played a couple of away games in the ongoing Champions League and have won both of them.
In the last season, Chelsea had been knocked out from the group stage of the Champions League, but, the way they are going this season, it seems they are quite determined to make up for the last season’s humiliation.
Chelsea manager José Mourinho decided to walk out of the press conference ahead of the match with Steaua Bucharest following repeated questions about Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was omitted from the squad for this match. The 21-year-old last made an appearance for Chelsea in the 2-0 win over Swindon in the League Cup. Mourinho revealed a few days ago that he was not happy with the performances of the midfielder and hence he was not in the squad.
After being asked about the Belgian a few times, Mourinho decided that he was not going to talk any more than the press conference and went to take part in the training sessions. He said that he is extremely disappointed with the media’s attitude to keep thinking about the players not part of the squad. He has recalled that we have been fixed with Spaniard Juan Mata’s absence for the last few weeks and now they have turned their attention to De Bruyne. De Bruyne started the first match of the season against Hull and he was expected to kick on, but it has not progressed in the same way that he would have hoped.
Mourinho has said that he has always been honest manager and he wants the best from his players.
“This is fantastic because nobody asks me about Mata. You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne. So you are not interested in the players that are playing? You are interested in the players that are not playing. He was not selected. It was my decision. Only 11 can play and 18 can be selected. I try to decide by what they do on the pitch when they play and what they do in training,” Mourinho said in the pre-match press conference.