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Mourinho explains the decision to start Kenedy at left back against Norwich City

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I doubt that I was alone in scratching my head when Chelsea's lineup was announced on Saturday, with Kenedy surprisingly starting at left back ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta and Baba Rahman. The decision turned out very well for the Blues, and Mourinho was asked to explain his logic after the match:

‘He’s an attacking player, he was playing in a position where he wasn’t really a left-back. We were ready for them to come and play with four at the back, which they did, but we were also ready for them to play with five at the back which they did against Man City, so I wanted to have a player in that position who could adapt to both situations. If they played with five at the back I would have played with three at the back and used Kenedy as a left winger. When they came with four we knew what we had to do.’

Fortunately, Kenedy wasn't asked to do any real defending on Saturday, and the decision wound up looking brilliant. Here's hoping we look so favorably on the rest of the Chelsea manager's lineup selections following our next several matches.