Jose Mourinho says he has no ‘untouchables’ in his Chelsea squad, just five months after they won the Premier League title.
Back in 2006, during his first spell as the Blues manager, Mourinho referred to eight of his first-team players – including John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba – as ‘untouchable’ because they were integral to Chelsea’s domination.
Even Terry is currently deemed surplus to requirements, while current PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas have all been criticised.
“Untouchables in football – only consistency can give you that status,” said Mourinho, who was baffled by his side’s performance in the first half at Newcastle on Saturday.
“Football is about today. At this moment I don’t have untouchables.
“In this moment we have fantastic players, the players that gave us the title last season.
“But football is not about yesterday. In football you have to be consistent in your performance, in your emotion.
“To be a winner you don’t need to win all the time, but to be a winner you must have a strong mentality every game, every day.”
Asked if he needed 11 Diego Costas on the pitch against Porto on Tuesday night, Mourinho said: “We would lose every game, because the desire to suspend him is so big that we wouldn’t have players to start the game.
“I’m happy to have only one and let him play until they decide to suspend him again.”