Jose Mourinho reports his whole squad have recovered well from Tuesday’s win over PSG ahead of what he expects to be a difficult game at Swansea.
Speaking exclusively to Chelsea TV, Jose Mourinho discussed our next Premier League opponents, how the players have recovered following the dramatic and draining midweek Champions League success and the significant role his whole squad have played and can continue to play as the season approaches its climax.
Looking ahead to our game at Swansea on Sunday, our manager stressed the difficulty of the fixture – we are yet to taste victory at the Liberty Stadium in three attempts – will only be enhanced by the home side’s need for the final few points that will guarantee their top-flight survival.
‘They are a good team and they play good football,’ assessed Mourinho. ‘Especially at Swansea it is never easy and Chelsea knows that better than other teams.
‘They still need the three points. They are not in big danger like other teams but they still need a couple of points to stay in the Premier League and of course they will try to get points out of this game.’
Mourinho also reported that Eden Hazard will definitely miss the game at Swansea as a result of the calf injury he sustained against PSG, but he is unsure exactly how long the Belgian will be out for. There are currently no other injury problems currently afflicting his squad.
We will be hoping to get back to winning ways on our travels in South Wales on Sunday after consecutive away losses in the league, and our manager explained how his team have been recovering from our European exertions ahead of that game.
‘We have to split them into groups: the ones that played the game and the ones that didn’t. The ones that didn’t play we mixed with some of the players from the Under-21s to make a bigger group and to try to give them more motivation and intensity to the training session. The boys that played the 90 minutes against Paris are still in their recovery process.
‘There is a lot of happiness but at the same time a lot of fatigue (after the win over PSG). It was not easy physically or mentally but obviously when you are happy it looks like things are easier. I believe they are recovering step-by-step and on Sunday they should be in conditions to play another difficult game.’
As the Portuguese pointed out, Tuesday’s victory owed much to the efforts of his whole squad, particular when you consider the two goals were struck by substitutes. That stands him in good stead for the rest of the season.
‘I think all of them, they were ready. People are working well and hard. They are a good group, they are good friends and they have a good relationship. All of the ones that are not playing so regularly are being good professionals to try to be ready.
‘You could see Demba as an example of a player who doesn’t play a lot and was ready to try to respond. Fernando came on for the last 10 minutes. He participated in the goal and he was playing almost as a right-back helping and defending. So there is never a doubt that when they are on the pitch they want to help the other players.’