Former Manchester United star and now renowned pundit Paul Scholes says Jose Mourinho should have rested his key Chelsea stars ahead of the busy festive period.
The Blues have struggled somewhat with the busy Christmas schedule, dropping points at Southampton before slumping to a 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane.
The match against their London rivals was Jose Mourinho’s side’s seventh encounter in 22 days, and it certainly showed as Tottenham Hotspur looked far fresher.
Mourinho put his side’s recent slump in form down to poor decisions from the officials, yet Paul Scholes believes it was the Portuguese coach who instead made the blunders.
With a dead rubber Champions League clash with Sporting plus a League Cup tie at Championship outfit Derby County among the recent fixtures, Scholes can’t comprehend why key players weren’t rested.
“I don’t share Jose Mourinho’s view that the referees in his games against Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur were as bad as he feels,” the former United man told The Independent.
“His Chelsea team looks tired. It does beg the question why he didn’t take the opportunity to rest more players in the Capital One Cup tie against Derby County and Sporting Lisbon, a dead rubber in the Champions League on 10 December.”
“Against Lisbon he played Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in a game that did not matter.”
The West Londoners’ loss to Spurs has allowed title rivals Manchester City to join them in first place, level on 46 points with a goal difference of plus 22.
Sunday’s home clash with Watford in the FA Cup will give Mourinho and his side a welcome break from the league, but it remains to be seen how many of his first-teamers he is willing to give a breather.