Mourinho ‘doesn’t like’ the way De Bruyne has been playing for Chelsea
Jose Mourinho says he "doesn't like" the way Kevin De Bruyne has been playing for Chelsea after dropping the Belgian midfielder
Jose Mourinho says Kevin De Bruyne has been left out of the Chelsea squad to face Steaua Bucharest because he has not been happy with the way he’s been playing.
The attacking midfielder, who was also left out completely for Saturday’s London derby against Tottenham, has not been included in Tuesday’s Champions League squad.
The Belgian has been ordered to train with the Under-21s for three days following a poor performance in last week’s League Cup third-round win at Swindon Town.
And Mourinho defended his decision to drop the 22-year-old ahead of Chelsea’s clash in Bucharest on Tuesday.
Mourinho said: “Kevin is my option. I make mistakes but I try to be honest all the time so the same way I try to be honest with Juan [Mata] and say tomorrow he will play because of what he did in training and because of what he did in the last matches he played, it is the same with Kevin.
“He is not selected because I did not like the way he played against Swindon and I did not like the way he was training.”
Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea: Pre-match facts
• Steaua are the only Romanian club to have triumphed in Europe, winning the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1985-86 by defeating Barcelona in a penalty shoot-out.
• Steaua have conceded 346 goals in Uefa competition.
• Ramires returns from a one-game ban following his red card in the Uefa Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich.
• Chelsea have 11 points from six games this season, as they had in September 2007 when Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge ended.