Tuesday, 26th November, 2013

Jose Mourinho has insisted he takes no pleasure in leaving out quality players when he picks his Chelsea team.

The Portuguese has relegated Belgium international Kevin De Bruyne to fringe status at the club, while Juan Mata, Willian and Andre Schurrle have also been in and out of the Blues' starting eleven.


Mata, Willian and Schurrle were both on the bench for Chelsea's 3-0 win over West Ham at the weekend, while De Bruyne did not even make the matchday squad.

And Mourinho has explained he takes no pleasure in leaving quality players out, but is forced into the situation because of the depth of his squad.


"I want to start games with 12, 13 or 14 players, because many players deserve to play. But this is not possible", he said via RTBF.

"Against West Ham I left out Mata, a Spanish international, Schurrle, a German international, De Bruyne, probably the best Belgian during the qualifying campaign for the World Cup, and Willian, who just played twice for the Brazilian national team.

"For me it is a positive problem, but for them it is obviously difficult to live.

"It hurts me too, I have no pleasure leaving them aside."

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