Mourinho “happy” with Eto’o, Ba and Torres in Chelsea’s attack
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he is “happy” with his squad. The Portuguese tactician admits facing difficulties in capturing a big name for his attack this summer, but is satisfied with the squad he has mustered during the transfer window. Mourinho, whose last signing was Samuel Eto’o, insists his attack is well-balanced for the challenges ahead.
Mourinho decided settle for the former Inter Milan striker Eto’o, after failure to lure Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Having sent Romelu Lukaku on loan to Everton, Mourinho now has Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres in his attack.
The former Real Madrid manager believes he has an experienced group of strikers, known for different qualities. Eto’o, who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan, received lavish praise from the self-proclaimed “Chosen One”.
“Samuel is a very experienced striker as everybody knows, and a winner,” Mourinho said in an interview to Chelsea TV.
“He is a guy who in spite of winning everything, he never lost his desire to win. He comes to England with the same objective with which I went to Spain. He wants to be the first one to win the Spanish, the Italian and the English league as a player, and he always wanted to play in the Premier League so he comes with big motivation.
“He is different from Torres. Torres is different from Ba and Ba is different from Eto’o, so we have in these three strikers experience and different qualities. Overall, the squad is good, it is good. We have two players per position with three strikers and one extra midfield player. Every position is covered and we are very happy with what we have.”
Mourinho further admitted that Willian needed time to adjust to new surroundings following a move from Anzhi Makhachkala. The former Porto boss asked Chelsea fans to be patient with the Brazilian winger. Mourinho insists Willian is a promising talent, one that can become a great player at Chelsea.
“He was too many years in Ukraine and in Russia and now he has his first chance to be in a big championship,” Mourinho said. “Again he is a kid that wanted very much to play for Chelsea, but I believe he will need a bit of time to express himself.”
The 25-year-old Brazil international was in stunning form for Shakhtar Dontsk last season, especially in the Champions League. Anzhi Makhachkala acquired his services during the January transfer window, but soon had to put him up in the market again in order to lower their wage bill.