Chelsea latest: Mourinho clueless over first XI, Lukaku and Swindon

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In true, act-first-ask-questions-later style, on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku opened up his Everton account in the most headline-grabbing of fashions as he launched his brain-case at the ball and ended up seeing stars. 

The Belgium international, 20, fast becoming one of the Premier League's hottest striking properties, was sent to Merseyside on a temporary basis during the summer transfer window and his ability already has Toffees boss Roberto Martinez purring.

Said Lukaku, as per ESPN: 'I didn't even know that I'd scored. That was the first thing that I asked. I don't remember anything, I had the knock and then the first thing I asked - I said to the doctor, 'Who scored?' and he said 'You.''

Martinez added (Liverpool Echo): 'I have worked with him for three weeks, and I don't see a weakness. It is an exciting feeling to get a player like that in the dressing room. I was delighted with the instant impact he had, but not just in his play... He's a thinker, a real knowledgeable man. He looks at where the movement is, where the space is, and I have been very surprised at that side of him.'

Looking ahead, Jose Mourinho lifts the lid on whom he'll be selecting for the club's debut appearance in this season's Capital One Cup. Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand and Michael Essien will all make a bow, while Juan Mata is in line for a surprise nod. He also claims he is 'clueless' over who his first XI should be, according to Chelsea TV. The players, he answers, give him the answers. Branislav Ivanovic is definitely in.

On his blog, the playmaking Spaniard said: 'I haven’t been able to win this tournament with Chelsea yet. In my first two years we couldn’t get to play the final at Wembley. As it is also the case with the Premier League, I would love to add this trophy to my record… It would be very special to end my career having won all the different competitions in the English football.'

The traveling squad is currently as follows: Cech, Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Oscar, Mikel, De Bruyne, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Willian, Mata, Schurrle, Torres, Ba, Eto'o. The likely XI who will feature will be, in Mourinho's own words, those who did not play at the weekend.

Former Blues boss Avram Grant, meanwhile, believes Mourinho is barking for continually leaving Mata on the sidelines: 'I do not understand it...' he is quoted to have said.

And finally, Here Is The City's own Lewis Doe names his Premier League team of the week and there are two Chelsea entrants.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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