Mourinho on whether Lukaku can replace Torres at Chelsea

The three-way competition for one striking role at Stamford Bridge is 'good for everybody', says the Special One.

The quality of Chelsea's football has increased with every passing game throughout their tour of Asia. Having defeated Singha All-Stars 1-0 earlier in July, the Blues upped their game to slay Malaysia 4-1 prior to a ruthless all-out thumping of BNI Indonesia All-Stars earlier today, Thursday. 

The sole player who has remained on the scoresheet throughout the month has been Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea's burgeoning 20-year-old who returned 17 goals and three assists while kitting out for West Bromwich Albion on loan last season. 

The transfer window has seen Chelsea associated with a move for a striker, most often Wayne Rooney who has been subject to 25 rumour reports this month alone. However, with Lukuku drawing comparisons to club legend Didier Drogba (which have since been downplayed), club manager Jose Mourinho has moved to explain that competition for places is only a good thing for the players involved and also the club.

'I think Torres should be happy because we have competition in the team in every position and that is good for everybody,' said Mourinho to the club's official website, perhaps indicating that a rotation policy is something he could employ in the coming season rather than the possibility of one player permanently ousting another.

'Sometimes Torres has been the only striker and then Demba Ba came in January, and now we have three strikers [including Lukaku] and that is good for the team.'

While Chelsea's Asia tour has come to a close, the club will now travel to the United States in order to play games in Washington (against Roma), Indianopolis (versus Internazionale), New York City and Miami (both TBA).

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