Monday, August 5, 2013

Mourinho reveals Chelsea rotation plans

The Blues manager expects a long season upon his return to the Stamford Bridge helm and praised Victor Moses' recent performances.
Jose Mourinho has revealed he plans to heavily rotate his Chelsea squad throughout the season as he looks to add to his previous trophy haul at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues finished third in the Premier League last term and were eliminated at the group stage in the Champions League but, under Rafael Benitez, reached the semifinals of the FA Cup and won the Europa League.

Mourinho expects a similarly long campaign upon his return to the Chelsea helm and praised the strength and depth of his squad.

"I hope to play 60 matches, so where I maybe won’t use different teams, we will use rotation of players that’s for sure," Mourinho told reporters.

Mourinho paid particular attention to Victor Moses, who won the penalty that Eden Hazard scored against Inter before assisting Andre Schurrle’s late finish in the 2-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday.

"Victor has been terrific," he added. "He is another one who is working very hard. He hasn’t missed a single minute of a training session.

"I think Victor is a very good option for us. In Victor’s position we have Hazard, [Kevin] De Bruyne, Schurrle - it’s a position where a coach can make a change during a match and give new life and fresh blood to the team. He is a player who makes the squad stronger and gives us options."