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Mourinho disappointed by Salah’s performance among others in Chelsea win

Posted on October 29, 2014

Photo: Chelsea's official Facebook page
manager expressed his disappointment at ’s performance, among others, despite the win in the English League Cup tie against Shrewsbury.

Mourinho was reportedly angry with his reserve players’ displays in Chelsea’s 2-1 away win in the League Cup round of 16 tie against Shrewsbury, as they failed to impose themselves against the League Two side, leaving the Portuguese manager with an ‘easy’ team selection for Saturday, according to The Daily Mail.

Salah, who was only making his second start for Chelsea this season – since the Blues’ previous League Cup tie with Bolton Wanderers – assisted the opener scored by Didier Drogba, but failed to make a positive impression on his manager with his poor finishing on display.

Andre Schurrle, Nathan Ake, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen were other fringe players who started at the Greenhouse Meadow.

“If players that played 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic, I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems.

“I love problems of choices, and it is easy to choose my team for Saturday,” Mourinho continued.

When asked specifically if Salah and Schurrle had disappointed him, Mourinho replied: “Yes.”

Mourinho shed some light on his reasoning for replacing Salah and Nigerian international John Obi Mikel on the 79th minute mark with regular starters Willian and Nemanja Matić respectively, with the scoreline levelled at 1-1.

“When you have the possibility of extra time you have to control the emotions as a manager,” Mourinho said, “I had to make two changes to give a new blood and new kind of qualities to the team.”

Drogba praise

“I was worried when they equalised but we go through and Didier played a massive part in that,” he added.

“Hopefully he will be good for the weekend but we will have to see because right now his character is stronger than his body.

“Maybe what he has done is through his character – not his body.

“That’s what makes players special and if I was a kid player and I play with this guy on my side, 18, 19, 21, 22, what can I wish more? For the kids it is a privilege and they have to learn by example.”


  1. Nussmasri

    October 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    What is your source for this? The mourinho interview on YouTube does not say this. On the contrary he said he is pleased by the team.

    • Adam Moustafa

      October 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Source mentioned in the first paragraph.

      • Nussmasri

        October 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Right… so how does one know if the daily mail story is true? The following link is from the official Chelsea website that includes the story and video of Mourinho’s post-game comments. It doesn’t mention criticism of any player:–leading-by-example.html

        This story of “supposed” comments is being shared across the internet without clear proof that Mourinho said those things. As a result, it gives people a bad impression of Salah when he actually had a great game with their only assist.

        So is there any proof that Mourinho said he was disappointed by Salah?

        • Adam Moustafa

          October 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

          I don’t think Chelsea’s official website would want to be sharing quotes criticizing their players, even if it was from their own manager.

          This story has since been reported across various English media outlets, including the BBC:

          • Nussmasri

            October 30, 2014 at 1:47 AM

            I know the story is being reported across various outlets. But I’m still trying to figure out if Mourinho actually said this or not. Where did he say it? Was it in a non-recorded interview? Who interviewed him? Was it Daily Mail that performed this non-recorded interview? Why is the criticism such a different tone from the youtube interview of him?

            I do appreciate your response, but can you answer any of these questions, or do media outlets just copy paste stories from each other?

  2. adam

    October 30, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    ok football wise salah is a great talent any footballer he needs,a consistent playing time which he will NEVER get in chelsea just because non football related reasons its because he is a good muslim (remember dema ba?) plus his.incidedent when.he.played israel without shakimg hands with them thats witg keeping in.mind that chelsea,an israeli tells u that he will.never get a fair chance at chelsea ( thats how i see it and u can disagree course) advice to keep working hard training hard and playing hard till.january and move to any other english bpl team that he,would actually get,a fair.playing time in .that’s just my 2,cents.

  3. Mediator

    October 30, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Youngs players, all talents need to play to improve it, but he don’t, he is ruinning his career..

    • adam

      October 31, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      yes he is and ON PURPOSE and i hope salah figute it out before january. mourinho just didnt want him.joining any opponent specially when salah humilated chelsea twice i. the UCL plus salah humilated the israeli team inside.of israel so given that chelsea owner is,actualy an israeli so yes chelsea just wanna ruin salah career and i hope drom god eno salah yfham dy w bsor3a.

  4. Abdallah, Cairo

    November 4, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    i hope he will play more than 5 minutes next game. Good luck salah!

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