Mourinho hoping for 'little Suarez injury'

Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:46am EST
 
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(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho enjoyed a typical moment of mischief on Friday when he suggested a "little injury" might deprive Liverpool of in-form striker Luis Suarez for Sunday's Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to Chelsea TV, the manager avoided any mention of Suarez's controversial behavior 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.   Continued...

 
Newly reappointed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during a news conference at Stamford Bridge stadium in London June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett