Chelsea needed two or three world-class players in summer, says ex-Man United man
Johnny Giles claims Jose Mourinho wanted Chelsea to sign two or three top-class players in the summer
Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two or three world-class players last summer, according to Johnny Giles.
The Blues were linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba following their Premier League title success, whilst Chelsea were also reportedly interested in Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane.
They didn’t have a big squad last year. They needed two or three players
The defending Premier League champions were left frustrated in their bid to sign John Stones after Everton rejected a series of offers for the England international.
The west London side ended up adding out-of-form striker Radamel Falcao, Stoke City shot stopper Asmir Begovic, Ghanaian Baba Rahmann and unknown Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji to their squad.
Former Manchester United midfielder Giles believes Chelsea’s fatal mistake was not adding quality to their title-winning squad like the great Liverpool sides of the past.
“Traditionally, when Liverpool, or even Chelsea themselves, won the league many years ago, they always added two or three top players – really first-class players,” Giles told Newstalk.
“If you look at Chelsea, they didn’t really add anybody. None of Mourinho’s players.
“I think Mourinho wanted to buy at least two or three top-class players to enhance the squad.
“They didn’t have a big squad last year. They needed two or three players.
“When Liverpool won leagues, they bought Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson. Chelsea didn’t do that but I think Mourinho wanted to.”
Chelsea are in 15th place and 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.
The west London side face Stoke City at The Britannia on Saturday evening.