Mourinho craves 'difficult selections', names likely striker for Cardiff

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Fernando Torres could start this weekend’s Premier League match against Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. The striker had suffered an injury in their Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest just over two weeks ago but Mourinho says Torres is fit enough to play tomorrow.

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He said: ‘He is and ready and he is selected. We have now the three [strikers] available. I want to have problems by having players to choose I don’t want to have problems by having injuries, by having an easy selection. I want to have a difficult selection.

‘Fernando, Eto'o and Demba all three are ready and I think we need that.’

Andre Schurlle will miss the game after picking up a muscle injury whilst on international duty and Ashley Cole will also be unavailable because of a rib injury, meaning Ryan Bertrand will be given an opportunity at left-back tomorrow.

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‘Bertrand is ready. He’s more than ready. He’s going to play his first minute in the Premier League this season. I never gave him a chance because I wanted to keep some stability in the team [in the full-back positions].’

Mourinho was also asked about the goalkeeping situation at the club with reports indicating that Barcelona are interested in Thibaut Courtois – who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid – and praised Petr Cech, saying at the age of 30 he is still a young goalkeeper.

‘I don’t think many people will disagree with me but I think we have the best goalkeeper in the world and the best young goalkeeper in the world. It’s a very good problem because our goal is safe and financially are also very safe because their value in the market is the value of the best.’

The Chelsea boss also thinks the recent turbulence at Cardiff City over the international break will not have an effect on the team.

‘I don’t think it touches the players or the dressing. They are motivated, they’re in the Premier League, they’re getting results, they have players who have experience.’

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