Paul Pogba has been linked to Chelsea for the last couple of years, at least! The transfer saga of the Frenchman can only end with Pogba moving to a top European club in the future. A lot has been said about Paul Pogba, and it was time Jose Mourinho talked a bit on the sought after young star.
In an interview recently, Jose Mourinho gave his verdict on Pogba:
“Pogba is not to put pressure on people. Pogba is one of the top players in the world. Pogba goes to any team and improves that team automatically. If he stays at Juventus, Juventus will be very strong again. If he goes somewhere else, he will improve a team immediately. This is not our case.
We are changing Cech for Begovic; we are changing Didier for Falcao, and we are changing kids by other kids. I think everybody has an interest in Pogba. But there are things you can do and things you cannot do. I love the Eiffel Tower, but I can’t have the Eiffel Tower in my garden. I can’t even have the Eiffel Tower of Las Vegas.”
Ah! The Eiffel Tower theory! Where does he comes up with these stuff?
Mourinho insists that signing Paul Pogba is a delusion of the grandeur for us. For all the qualities he will bring to our side, we are not in for the Juve star! All we are looking to do is replace our departed stars with others:
“To go for somebody it’s because I lose somebody. It’s because somebody wants to leave and because somebody brings the perfect offer for Chelsea to accept.”
Otherwise, Mourinho is content with the current bunch!
So, what does he thinks of John Stones and our current defense situation?
“We have three [central defenders] plus Ivanovic, so that is four. We have two who are more than 30 years old. We would like to have two less than 25 years old, which would give us the next ten years. But as you can imagine it’s no something urgent, it is not something we are desperate for it.
“I think 10 years ago or five years ago every Chelsea supporters would say: ‘I can’t see Chelsea win a title without Frank Lampard.’ And Chelsea won the title without one of the three best players of the last 10 years and we did it. No one is irreplaceable. Difficult to replace, yes. To replace one by one is very difficult, very difficult. To replace by good time, a good structure, a good dynamic, good options, it’s possible.
“One day when he stops, and I don’t think it will be next season, we have created already a situation for John to be replaced. I always think in this direction, I always did imagine now for the first time in my career my perspective is to stay in the club for more time than before.
“I had this thing in my mind to go to different countries and try to win different leagues. I will be here for the next ten years if the club doesn’t sack me.”
Mourinho has been reiterating the fact that he wants to stay with Chelsea for a long, long time unless he gets sacked. The Portuguese thinks we should have two defenders under the age of 25, ready to replace the likes of Terry when he hangs his boots. Right now, we have Zouma fitting that model and maybe John Stones is the another missing puzzle?
What about Radamel Falcao and the fact that he has been out of form since last year?
“When players are injured or has bad consequences of a big injury there is sometimes nothing you can do. We made ourselves sure that was not the case with Falcao because if that were the case he would not be with us.
“He didn’t perform [at United] for many reasons. Some players don’t perform with me, some players don’t perform with Chelsea, they go to other clubs and they perform. This can happen. So we know that Falcao is in good conditions related to the surgery he had before he went to Man United.
“We believe that he can with us and to replace a big player like Didier we wanted to go with another big player with experience, ready, so these three strikers for us – Falcao, Rémy and Diego. We are very happy.”
Does that mean Loic Remy is not leaving? Honestly, I would be very much content with that strike force and hope Remy stays with us. As for Falcao, if Mourinho thinks he can bring the best out of the striker, we should probably trust him on this!
Mourinho also had few concerns on the FFP and the inflated market. Here’s what he thinks on the matter:
I think the market is inflated. I only have to look at what is happening in my country. [Portugal] is a country in trouble generally – socially, politically, economically. It’s a country in trouble, people are suffering a lot, there have been a lot of cuts, old people have trouble with their pensions, the tax is higher, salaries, jobs, everything.
“This season Porto pay €20m for Imbula, they give Casillas an amazing salary, Sporting are paying millions for coaches and players. Football breaks every situation. This season we are saying: ‘Oh, look at this amount for Sterling.’ But it will be worse next season. Next season someone will pay £60m. Football is like this – one season is financial fair play, the next is a way to dribble [past] the financial fair play.
“It doesn’t upset me. I’m happy with the way that we are doing things I am happy with the challenge of fighting against this power. I told the players that we are the same team, and the others are not the same team. I cannot stop opponents to make an assault to the banks and spend millions and millions. I cannot stop that. I cannot stop [that] the others have a feeling that we are playing against the champions.
“The others are spending. The others are buying a lot to try to be better than us and the fact that we are the same – we are changing a goalkeeper for another one, a striker for another one.”
“It’s a big challenge. To be better with the same people, the players have to be better individually than they were last year. So when they think: ‘Oh last season I did great,’ this season it is not enough,” he added.
“John Terry – great season. This season it is not enough. Must be better. Fàbregas – I don’t know how many assists last year. Fantastic. It’s not enough. Because the others are going to improve with the players, they are bringing, and we have to improve by ourselves with our work.”
Source – Daily Mail
Improving the players individually is the goal this season! The rivals might be getting stronger, but we are quite content with what we have. We are the team to beat this season!
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