In his post-match press conference, Jose Mourinho revealed to the media that he thinks Samuel Eto’o is the best striker at Chelsea FC. For his own reasons though, he believes this tremendous quality that Eto’o shows is only on display at Stamford Bridge. That is why he chose to start Fernando Torres away against Fulham and Galatasaray and even said that if Chelsea were chasing a goal at the end of the match, he would have brought on Demba Ba and not Eto’o.
Mourinho’s comments on Eto’o here:
“I just felt this kind of match, away from home, against normally closed defensive teams, aggressive defenders, central defenders, Hangeland, I thought to go with Nando [Torres]. And if I need to risk in this last part of the game to together with Nando and Demba [Ba]. Players more adapted to this reality. You see Eto’o scores goals, but at home. He scores in the league, in the Champions League but all of them at home. I think away is more difficult for him. I think he is our best striker to play at home because of his technique, his movement and his understanding with Eden [Hazard] and Oscar. For me, he is he best to play at home. Away he is showing some difficulties so we made that decision to start with Fernando and have Demba for the last part of the game.”
After complaining for much of the season about the lack of options Chelsea have up front, at least Mourinho has come out and said who he thinks his best option is even if it is only at home. None of the strikers have been proficient but they work hard and track back the way a Mourinho striker should. If Chelsea are in the lead for the title race in March with three less than great strikers, imagine where they could be with a world class one.
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