Jose de­fi­ant on mid­field

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Chelsea boss Jose Mour­inho will persist with strug­gling mid­field trio Cesc Fabre­gas, Ne­manja Matic and Os­car (pic­ture) as he re­fuses to shuf­fle his squad so late in the sea­son.

Mour­inho de­fended his three mid­field­ers fol­low­ing crit­i­cism for a dip in form.

“For me foot­ball is not just math­e­mat­ics,” Mour­inho said. “When some peo­ple write that Fabre­gas drops his level be­cause the num­ber of as­sists are not the same, the num­ber of as­sists are prob­a­bly not the same be­cause the player that he as­sists does not score.”

Asked whether Os­car is strug­gling, as he was sub­sti­tuted at half-time against Stoke City, Mour­inho said: “No, I don’t think he had a bad per­for­mance, I just think he was not good enough, which is a huge dif­fer­ence.

“Matic, he was suspended, and af­ter the sus­pen­sion he was in­jured cel­e­brat­ing in the fi­nal, so he went back and he was not in the best con­di­tion.

“I al­ways think sta­bil­ity is very im­por­tant in a team, and it’s not in April that you are go­ing to make im­por­tant changes.”

Fabre­gas put a pic­ture of the lat­est in­jury to his nose on Instagram, say­ing: “At least I might be able to get my nose fixed af­ter all.” — Daily Mail

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