Blues wish Suarez not champ­ing at bit

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JOSE MOUR­INHO en­joyed a typ­i­cal mo­ment of mis­chief yes­ter­day when he sug­gested a “lit­tle in­jury” might de­prive Liver­pool of in-form striker Luis Suarez for this weekend’s Pre­mier League clash at Stam­ford Bridge.

Speak­ing to Chelsea TV, the man­ager avoided any men­tion of Suarez’s con­tro­ver­sial be­hav­iour in the clubs’ last meet­ing, at An­field in April, when he bit the arm of Chelsea de­fender Branislav Ivanovic.

In­stead, he said he hoped the free- scor­ing Uruguay striker – who was sus­pended for 10 matches for his den­tal at­tack – would not be avail­able to play in the clash of the third- and fourth-placed clubs.

“Maybe Suarez has got a lit­tle in­jury,” he said, re­fer­ring to Liver­pool’s 2-1 de­feat at Manch­ester City on Thurs­day. “I’m not ask­ing for a big in­jury… just a lit­tle in­jury to stop him play­ing for four days.”

Know­ing that Suarez has scored 19 goals in 13 Pre­mier League games this sea­son, Mour­inho – who has be­moaned his strik­ers’ profli­gacy this sea­son – un­sur­pris­ingly avoided mak­ing com­par­isons.

His three main strik­ers Fer­nando Tor­res, Sa­muel Eto’o and Demba Ba have scored only five times be­tween them.

“Ev­ery game is hard,” he said. “The dif­fer­ence is some teams are big­ger – big­ger name, big­ger im­pact… Man City-Liver­pool, Chelsea-Liver­pool, Chelsea-Arse­nal.

“But ev­ery game is dif­fi­cult. The last two matches we played (at home), Swansea and Crys­tal Palace: 1-0, 2-1. You have to give ev­ery­thing to win matches.”

The Por­tuguese praised Eto’o, de­spite him miss­ing two clear chances to net his third Pre­mier League goal of the sea­son. “He did well,” said Mour­inho. “I want that feel­ing that my strik­ers are work­ing to have chances. I want them to shoot, I want the goal­keeper to save, the ball to hit the post.”

Mour­inho also said he hoped to see his team awarded more penal­ties for fouls on tricky Bel­gian winger Eden Hazard, scorer of Chelsea’s goal in a 1-0 win over Swansea on Thurs­day.

“I think that it hap­pens a lot,” he ex­plained. “That Eden Hazard beats peo­ple, goes into the box and is not get­ting penal­ties in sit­u­a­tions like that.”

Chelsea will be with­out sus­pended Brazil­ian mid­fielder Ramires, who is likely to be re­placed by Eng­land’s Frank Lam­pard on an af­ter­noon when cap­tain John Terry is set to make his 600th ap­pear­ance for the club.

Ivanovic is ex­pected to con­tinue at right back and, re­ject­ing any chance to talk about Suarez, stressed the im­por­tance of the fix­ture.

“It’s go­ing to be a very im­por­tant game for us, one of the de­cid­ing games this sea­son,” he said. “We must be ready for the big fight. Our team likes to play big games and big chal­lenges.” – Reuters


DAN­GER MAN: Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho is hop­ing that Liver­pool striker Luis Suarez does not have his shoot­ing boots on when the sides meet.

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