Chelsea UCL Team Preview : Jose Mourinho to Axe Chelsea stars; Redknapp Accuses Mourinho

The Chelsea manager is clearly not impressed with his team’s performance this season and is set to axe some of his star players for the Champions League game against his former side Porto.

Chelsea UCL Team Preview : Jose Mourinho to Axe Chelsea stars

Though Mourinho did not mention any individual in his post-match interview after the game against NewCastle, it is reported that Mourinho may drop stars Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas and even Eden Hazard for the game against Porto. Also, the Blues may expect their Captain John Terry returning to the starting eleven to replace Gary Cahill in the heart of the defense.

Jose Mourinho to Axe Chelsea stars

While talking about the team’s performance against New Castle, the Portuguese claimed that he wanted to make SIX substitutions in the half time mark. His words clearly show how bad the Chelsea players were in the first half.

“I did not know which decisions to make. There were six players I could have taken off.”
“I wanted to make six substitutions. That is how bad we were.”
“I sat there trying to work out what was best for the team and had so many doubts, I decided to see what happened in the second half,” told the Chelsea boss.
“If we play like we did in the second half, we can win every match this season. But if we play like we did in the first, then we can lose every match,” concerned Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho is always a man to beat when it comes to the European stages and he considers the competition as the greatest honor. Also, Mourinho is the kind of manager who always stick with his favored XI,  so we can not expect him to drop his FAVORITE game-winners so easily.

Latest News of Chelsea : Redknapp Accuses Mourinho

In other news, Mourinho was accused by former Queens Park manager Harry Redknapp for failing to bring ‘quality’ to his attacking unit. Mourinho signed out of form Radamel Falcao as a backup o Diego Costa, but the Colombian has not showed any improvements and is behind Loic Remy in the pecking order. Redknapp pointed out at the fighting nature of Diego Costa who is under suspension and accused that Mourinho was wrong not to buy a reliable backup forward.

Diego Costa clashing with Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal

“If you’re going to miss a player [Costa] that much, you need to have something to come in and do the job that he does. So I think that Jose Mourinho has to accept responsibility for not bringing in someone who can do that job.”
“I think the decision to sign Falcao, as much as Falcao was an unbelievable player a couple of years ago, you can see he’s not at that level anymore. So I think he [Mourinho] has to take responsibility.”
“He was so insistent on getting a defender through the door, they’ve missed a real trick not buying a centre-forward that can do that job that Costa does because the way he plays football you’re sometimes going to have to do without him,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.