There are some players in the Chelsea squad that Jose Mourinho is not taking into much consideration and Ashley Cole is one of them. The English defender has only managed to make 13 appearances for Chelsea in this season as he has fallen behind the pecking order in the team.
Cesar Azpilicueta is the preferred choice of Jose Mourinho which has left Ashley Cole’s future out in doubt. Cole has a contract with Chelsea that ends at the end of the current season and it remains doubtful if there will be any chance for him to extend his stay with the Premier League club.
The problem not only relies on the fact that his contract ends at the end of the current campaign but the chance for Ashley Cole to play in the upcoming 2014 World Cup is also uncertain as he faced competition for his place in Roy Hodgson’s starting lineup of England.
Leighton Baines, Kieran Gibbs and Luke Shaw all are players that also want to be featured and taken into consideration for the head coach of England, Roy Hodgson.
“I don’t know. I’m happy with the way Azpilicueta is performing. I cannot think of national teams at the same time as thinking about my team. There are national team managers that are very clear: they go with their players. It doesn’t matter if their players are playing in the club, if they are not playing, they go with their players. All these years as a club manager, I found lots of them like this.” said Mourinho.
Those were the words that Jose Mourinho utilized when he was asked if Ashley Cole was going to play a more vital role for Chelsea in the upcoming few months.
Fernando Torres may be struggling for form since his move to Chelsea, but he remains one of the great players to have played for Atletico Madrid in recent decades. It is not surprising to see Torres captain the Spanish club at a very early age. He has also been an inspiration to several youngsters from the youth academy. Midfielder Koke, who has developed into a fine player from the youth team, says that Torres has been an inspiration to all of the Atletico Madrid youngsters.
Koke has been in fine form for Atletico this campaign and it has been a major reason towards their title. There are currently level on points with Barcelona, while also having a couple of points advantage over archrivals Real Madrid. Torres became a professional with Atletico in the 2001 season. He stayed with the club for six years before moving to Liverpool in a £ 27 million deal in 2007. During this period, he had racked up 214 appearances and scored 82 goals for the Spanish club. He has always stated that he would one day like to return to Atletico Madrid, a club that he supported as a boy.
Koke is currently linked with a move to the Premier league like his boyhood hero.
“Torres is a great example for everyone. Everything he’s gone on to achieve fills young players at Atlético with pride. We use him as an example so we can try to achieve our own dreams, both with Atlético and with the national side. I’m doing everything that I can to keep the technical staff happy, and obviously to try and go to Brazil with the national side next summer. I only played three minutes in the final [of the Europa League], but I was really excited to have helped my team win a title,” said Koke about Torres.
José Mourinho has revealed that he is extremely happy with the support given by the Chelsea fans towards striker Fernando Torres, who has struggled to live up to the expectations. Torres became the record British signing after a £ 50 million move to Chelsea. However, he has been unable to replicate his Liverpool former Stamford Bridge. He has even been named as one of the worst signings in the history of the Premier league in several quarters, but the 29-year-old received tremendous support from the Chelsea fans so far.
He failed to score in recent 3-1 match against Southampton, but even then, the fans were chanting his name when he was substituted for John obi Mikel in the 83rd minute. Mourinho has said after the encounter that fans can sometimes witness the effort that the player is putting into helping his club win a match. This becomes far more important for fans even though they are aware that the striker has not scored regularly, as he should have done. Even though Torres did not get on the scoresheet, Demba Ba scored his first league goal of the season to make the game safe for the home team.
“The crowd know football and they know that a striker sometimes not scoring goals can give a big contribution for the team – and the way he is working for us is fantastic. They are a very loyal crowd at Stamford Bridge. When they feel a player gives everything and works hard for them, they always praise. That is good and is a good feeling for a player. Ba played well and he played well against West Brom too,” said the Chelsea manager.
The Portuguese manager was delighted with the contribution of the former Newcastle United striker, who came on as a substitute at half-time.