Jose Mourinho: I’m not happy with my Chelsea strikers
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho explains his decision to start Andre Schürrle ahead of Demba Ba and Fernando Torres
Jose Mourinho admitted that he is not happy with the performances of his Chelsea strikers following a 3-1 loss at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Blues manager handed forward Andre Schurrle a starting berth ahead of recognised centre-forwards Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, with Samuel Eto’o missing for the first leg.
Football is also about scoring goals. That is for strikers, for real strikers
But Schurrle struggled in his sole-striker role as Ezequiel Lavezzi’s brilliant half volley, a David Luiz own goal and Javier Pastore’s individual strike sealed a 3-1 home win.
And Mourinho, whose side have been left a mountain to climb to reach the Champions League last four, explained he started Schurrle because he is unhappy with his strikers.
“I’m not happy with my strikers’ performances, so I have to try things,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by Clubcall.com.
“With Andre at least I know we have one more player to have the ball, we have one more player to associate with the other players. Football is also about scoring goals. That is for strikers, for real strikers. I had to try.”
Mourinho also branded Chelsea’s defending as “ridiculous” after Pastore’s late strike earned Paris Saint-Germain a two-goal lead in their Champions League quarter-final tie.
“It was ridiculous, you say sloppy, I say ridiculous,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“But we played against a great team full of good players, especially the attacking players. You would expect them to score fantastic goals, you wouldn’t expect them to score the goals they scored.”