Chelsea's form making selection tough for Mourinho

Fri Nov 1, 2013 9:05am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - After a sticky start following his return to Chelsea, life suddenly looks pretty good for Jose Mourinho with his side breathing down the necks of Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Chelsea can go top for a few hours at least with victory at Newcastle United on Saturday, having reached the League Cup quarter-finals in midweek with a 2-0 victory at Arsenal.

With 13 points from the last 15 available, striker Fernando Torres looking rejuvenated, options all across the pitch and an empty treatment room, Chelsea are clearly hitting their stride.

Yet, the form of his squad is causing Mourinho a few headaches, especially when it comes to deciding which players must be consigned to the substitutes' bench or the stands.

"It's not easy for me to leave players at home and on the bench because everybody deserves to play," said Mourinho, who was given a reminder of Juan Mata's quality in midweek when the Spaniard, who has not always started this season, dazzled at Arsenal.

"I'm unfair with the players I am not selecting because they are doing everything to play," Mourinho told a news conference.

"It's a difficult feeling for me. All of my players have a collective soul at the moment. That's the most important thing."

Mourinho has a full squad to choose from on Saturday for a fixture that has not always been kind to him.

"We have one of the most difficult matches of the whole season at St James' Park but we want to try and keep winning," Mourinho, whose only victory there was in the 2006 League Cup, told a news conference.   Continued...

 
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho reacts after their English League Cup fourth round soccer match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in London, October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville