Mourinho: FA stood up for English football's principles over Torres

José Mourinho Celebrates

Jose Mourinho spoke to the media ahead of his side's trip to Norwich City.

The FA stood up for the principles of English football by not giving Chelsea striker Fernando Torres a ban for an alleged scratch on Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen. That is, according to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who was speaking at his press conference ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Norwich City on Sunday.

Mourinho also said that Torres could return to the side for Chelsea’s games against Cardiff and Schalke after the international break – and described his injury as a pity: ‘People enjoy emotion, people enjoy sometimes people losing control. People don’t enjoy simulation. I think it was more than enough because the second card came from simulation so I think the FA defend the principles and the values of English football.’

Samuel Eto’o is likely to start in place of Torres at Carrow Road, and Mourinho has asked for people to give the striker some time to adapt and get up to speed. He also said he was impressed from what he saw of Romelu Lukaku’s performance for Everton against Newcastle but insisted he had no regrets in letting the striker go out on loan saying: ‘One thing is to play for Everton, another is to play for Chelsea.’

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After walking out of a press conference ahead of their 4-0 win against Steaua Bucharest in midweek, Mourinho denied that he was agitated, saying that he had to leave to go to training: ‘After my last question I didn’t want to wait for the translation, I had to leave for training.’

Eden Hazard, meanwhile, was described as ‘so-so’ but did has taken part in training and that they will know more about the Belgian’s fitness tomorrow.

Mourinho expects a difficult encounter against Norwich and thinks the Canaries have spent well during the summer: ‘They spend, they’ve brought in good players for the future. The squad is very good, the manager is good too. His teams are always well organised with a good mentality.’

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