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Jose Mourinho hails his £73.5 million 'babies'

Jose Mourinho made an odd description of his four Chelsea youngsters who began in attack at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho certainly has a way with words, using the form of exaggeration to get his point across after the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

Post-match he was quizzed as to why his side lacked a cutting edge in attack, and chose to embellish just how 'inexperienced' his front four were.

"The four guys in attack in Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle and Oscar are four babies."

We take his point in that all four are young players seeking to make their mark in the Premier League, and have their best years ahead of them.

None have as yet won major medals, the Premier League's or Champions League trophies which former star Didier Drogba and veteran Frank Lampard can boast of.

But to describe them as 'babies' is certainly overstating it.

All four are international footballers, who have cost Chelsea a combined £73.5 million over the past 18 months, with Eden Hazard the most expensive at £32 million.

The problem Chelsea face, and Mourinho is attempting to point out, is that these 'babies', are essentially his first choice right now, with a seeming lack of faith in Fernando Torres. He could also be - in a sideways manner - urging the press to go easy on the quartet.

Which is why he is so keen to add a leader in attack, even if Wayne Rooney appears more unlikely than ever at this point after the rousing reception he was afforded at Old Trafford by the home fans last night.

It's also fascinating psychology from the 'Special One', letting the four players know they have not yet 'made it', and have it all to prove if they are to be recognised among the greats.

So often in modern football do young players get signed to huge contracts and for sizeable fees and fail to meet their potential.

You suspect with a top motivator in Mourinho pushing them all the way, the quartet will not let that happen; and grow into 'men' over the course of his tenure, if not even this season.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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