Jose Mourinho talks about the decision to start Andre Schurrle instead of Fernando Torres

Shaun Botterill

The happy one was not impressed

Jose Mourinho was never going to be happy with a match in which his team conceded three goals with stupid defensive mistakes, and did relatively little with a good amount of chances to strike on the counter. During his post match press conference he had all sorts of interesting comments, some of which touched on his decision to start Andre Schurrle in place of Fernando Torres:

"I'm not happy with my strikers' performances so I have to try things. And with Andre at least I know we have one more player to have the ball, one more player to associate with the other players, and even not being dangerous because he's not a striker."

"He can associate and the team can have control of the ball possession like we had. But football is not just about that. It’s also about scoring goals, getting behind, and that is for strikers. Real strikers. And I had to try. It's difficult for us to score goals, especially when the games are tight. It's difficult for us to transform the half-chances into chances."

-The Daily Mail

Fernando Torres wasn't the reason we lost tonight. Demba Ba wasn't the reason we lost tonight. Andre Schurrle wasn't the reason we lost tonight. All of that said, with a decent option up front, it's not hard to believe we'd have been leading at the half and that the outcome could have been different.

It's hard to picture either of Torres or Ba having any sort of future with the club, especially as this isn't the first time Mourinho has been publicly critical of his options up front. Based on the way they've played since signing with the Blues, that will probably be fine with just about everyone.

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