Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho happy with Radamel Falcao’s progress
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is happy with Radamel Falcao's progress after a limited pre-season
Jose Mourinho says he is happy with Radamel Falcao’s progress since the striker’s loan move to Chelsea.
The 29-year-old started his first game as a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night as the Premier League champions lost 1-0 to Serie A side Fiorentina in their final pre-season friendly.
I took him off in his best moment of the game. I am happy with the evolution
Falcao, who scored just four goals in 26 appearances during a disappointing loan spell at Manchester United last season, didn’t register a shot on target during a disappointing first-half performance for the hosts.
But Mourinho, whose side lost 1-0 to Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, was pleased with Falcao’s performance against Fiorentina considering the Colombia international’s limited pre-season.
“He is very good for the situation,” Mourinho told his post-match media conference.
“[He had] Copa America, holidays and one week of training – not the three weeks the others had.
“He has had minutes in the different matches. I took him off in his best moment of the game. I am happy with the evolution, very happy to be fair.”
Falcao is one of two summer signings at Stamford Bridge after Mourinho snapped up Asmir Begovic in an £8m deal from Stoke City.
The Colombia striker could start against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium on Saturday after Mourinho confirmed Diego Costa remains an injury doubt.