Chelsea advanced to the fifth round of the Capital One Cup thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town.
After a positive start from the Shrews, Chelsea broke the deadlock in the early minutes of the second half thanks to club legend Didier Drogba, before Andy Mangan levelled the score for the home side with just over 10 minutes of the match remaining.
Nonetheless, the late arrival of Willian proved key, with the Brazilian swinging in a cross which led to Jermaine Grandison's 81st minute own goal, and the eventual match winner for The Blues.
Despite their victory, Mourinho said he was disappointed by certain performers, before adding that he knew his team to face Queens Park Rangers at the weekend:
"If players that played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic, I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems."
‘I love problems of choices, and it is easy to choose my team for Saturday.’
When asked specifically if Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle had disappointed him, the Portuguese head coach replied: ‘Yes.’
Schurrle experienced the better game of the duo. He proved wasteful with his shooting, nonetheless, he played a hand in both goals. His most memorable moment came during the second period, forcing a magnificent save from Shrews goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler with an impressive 30-yard drive.
Meanwhile, Salah appeared eager to take his chance and could be seen working hard upfront, but, again, he proved inaccurate with his attempts at goal. He set up Didier Drogba’s goal with a sweet cushioned touch, but found himself subbed off shortly after Shrewsbury grabbed an equaliser.
Mourinho's comments suggest that neither player will start against Queens Park Rangers this weekend. Instead we are likely to see the return of first team regulars, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Willian, Nemanja Matic and, if deemed fit, Diego Costa.
With an array of world class talent at his disposal, Mourinho is unlikely to lose any sleep over Schurrle and Salah's poor displays, but it is a disappointment seeing such talented players underperform when given such an opportunity.