Beefed-up back four will retain title for Chelsea, says José Mourinho
As can i wash my canada goose coat one of only two managers, along with Sir Alex Ferguson, to win back-to-back championships in the Premier League era, José Mourinho knows what it takes to defend a title. That is a statement of the obvious and so is this: it takes defenders, and Mourinho says Chelsea need to buy more of them if his side are to have any chance of repeating last season’s league triumph.
Chelsea are in talks with Augsburg over the left-back Baba Rahman and have had two bids rejected for the Everton centre-back John Stones. They are pursuing such targets because their manager believes Chelsea would be setting themselves up for a fall if they tried to navigate their way through the new campaign with fewer defenders than last season, especially as they are can i put my canada goose jacket in the dryer determined to atone for best ideas about canada goose parka on pinterest the chastening elimination by Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.
With the left-back Filipe Luís having been sold back to Atlético Madrid after one glum year at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have five senior players to cover four defensive positions, giving the rearguard a threadbare look.
The four regulars who helped the team concede fewer goals than anyone in the Premier League last season are still in place but Kurt Zouma, impressively as he played during 17 starts in defence and midfield, cannot reasonably be asked to provide by himself back-up for Branislav Ivanovic cheap canada goose, John Terry, Gary Cahill and César Azpilicueta.
“We cannot go to the Premier League with five defenders – that’s our weakness,” Mourinho says. “At this moment we have five: four to play and one on the bench. In this moment it’s not a priority but in three days, if we lose one, it becomes a priority. Five is not enough. That’s canada goose coat 1000 calorie a day meal plan obvious.”
Mourinho wants the club to buy another left-back and another centre-back before the transfer window closes. “We have this time to organise that area where the quality is good but the numbers are not enough,” he says.
Augsburg value Rahman at around £17m but Chelsea hope to negotiate the fee for the 21-year-old Ghanaian downwards. Everton, meanwhile, would be well advised to brace themselves for another offer for Stones, for whom Chelsea have already had bids of £20m and £26m turned down. Other clubs are also interested in Stones, including both Manchester sides, and Mourinho says Chelsea will not pay more for a player than they believe he is worth and are ready to switch targets if demands become excessive.
“I have people in mind but I know that the market sometimes has no rules,” says the Portuguese. “We, as Chelsea, we make our own rules. To make our own rules is to evaluate the players and to know the player’s value, and to know when we have to stop and turn to another side, and thinking of another option.”
Making the two purchases Mourinho wants would bring Chelsea closer to fulfilling the manager’s desire to have a pair of top players for every outfield position. He says a player will be promoted from the club’s under-21 squad to serve as the eighth defender in the senior squad, mentioning Ola Aina as one possibility. The 18-year-old England youth international impressed on the club’s pre-season tour.
Mourinho says the defence are the only part canada goose coat 1000 bulbs reviews of his squad which requires reinforcing, with Radamel Falcao having replaced the departed Didier Drogba during the summer and Asmir Begovic arriving from Stoke to take up reserve goalkeeper duties in place of Petr Cech, whom Chelsea could face in Community Shield against Arsenal. “We have the strikers, the wingers and the midfielders, in quality. We have two fantastic goalkeepers, plus a young good one.”
Mourinho’s confidence in buy canada goose jacket edmonton the reliability of his strikeforce is not shared by everyone, with many Chelsea supporters fearing that the club is running a risk by relying so heavily on players with unfortunate recent injury records. Diego Costa missed a chunk of action towards the end of last season with a hamstring injury buy canada goose jacket online cheap and limped out of Tuesday’s friendly against Barcelona with a similar complaint. But Mourinho insists that his top scorer has no persistent problem and even claimed the forward is available for selection this Sunday.
The manager is also confident that Falcao will make a bigger impact at Chelsea than he did last season at Manchester United, where his poor form raised concerns that the Colombian might never be able to regain the sharpness that made him one of the world’s most fearsome strikers before he shredded his left knee ligaments while playing for Monaco in January 2014. Loïc Rémy has had spells on the sidelines over amazon canada goose jacket the average cost canada goose jacket last couple of seasons too.
What is more, behind the strikers there is room for improvement from Chelsea on last season, when Oscar and Ramires can someone check if this canada goose outlet website is authentic were inconsistent and Juan Cuadrado failed to make the desired impact after joining from Fiorentina in January after the sale of Andreas Schürrle. Mourinho reckons he has no need for fresh personnel in those positions even though he is convinced the title will be harder to win because other clubs have rearmed well. He cited Crystal Palace’s purchase of Yohan Cabaye as an example of the rising standard of the Premier League. Although he says that there are five realistic contenders for the title – Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool – he believes other teams will inflict damage on those sides. He envisages winning the title despite losing more matches than last season.
“I think what other teams are doing will make a different Premier League,” he says. “I think less points will win the title. I think more defeats, more lost points for the top teams. Crystal Palace buy Cabaye and Conor Wickham. I could give you much more examples. So, welcome this mentality, welcome this economic power, welcome this ambition. It’s a great thing.”
Despite the growing threat from the chasing pack, Mourinho says loyalty to winners means he is not tempted to make more signings. “As a manager, I feel that I owe something to the players. To being champion and kicking people out to bring new blood, I prefer the loyalty. I prefer the group to know that I’m there for them, and I recognise what they did for us, even if other teams invest hugely and they go with lots of new faces, I prefer this feeling of loyalty to the squad. I think what they did last year is more than enough to trust them and to respect them.”