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The playing roster at Chelsea contains a glut of the most high-profile names in the Premier League, from Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and John Terry to Samuel Eto'o, Ashley Cole, Juan Mata and Oscar. For many managers in world football, to coach athletes of this calibre would be the pinnacle of their career, however, for two-time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho, it may not be the most incredible squad, as that honour, in his own words, belongs to cash-laden Manchester City.
'[Manchester] City has the most incredible squad,' the Portuguese is quoted by the club's official magazine to have said.
Indeed, when looking at just a sample of their top performers, rival boss Manuel Pellegrini can call upon any number of elite footballers such as Samir Nasri, perhaps under-rated and mentioned too little this season, who in 542 minutes of Premier League action has completed 90% of his 437 passes, won 75% of his tackles, completes a strong 41% of his crosses, has created 17 chances, assisted thrice and scored twice.
And that is without even mentioning the playmaking credentials of David Silva or the all-round attacking prowess that Sergio Aguero can brag.
But still, Mourinho may be smarting because of the weekend result as his side left Newcastle, like they have many a time up there recently, with a case of the Blues. According to The Guardian, Mourinho was angered and frustrated by not just the end result but the performance, while Alan Pardew - who had threatened Jose if the latter engaged in any crowd celebration - said post-match that his opposite number was 'the man'.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has turned toward the Champions League game midweek and stated that he expects a reaction from a side he may well chop and change.
'We are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League but if we lose again, we are in a difficult position so Wednesday is an important game for us,' he told the club's official website.
The spotlight away from Stamford Bridge continues to shine on goal machine and general tank Romelu Lukaku, who concussed Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during Everton's goal-less draw with the Spurs. Lukaku, though, did not escape uninjured.
Roberto Martinez clarified on their club's official website, saying: 'We will have to assess it, it seems like a dead leg and nothing serious. Unfortunately, he had to come off at that time.'
On the booking, Martinez added: 'I saw it as a complete accident. Rom is powerful man who tried to get there first. I didn't see the reason for a yellow card - I did see it as a little bit harsh.'
And finally, here's a picture of Fernando Torres crowd-surfing, as per the Daily Mail:
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