The coach isn't asking for new players, even though he feels Chelsea would be on top of the league were it not for the struggles of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho isn't asking for any new strikers in January — even though he says the Blues would be on top of the English Premier League if his forwards were more efficient.
The Blues sit third in the table, five points behind leader Arsenal, with Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba having netted only four league goals between them this season.
"If you tell me [Sergio] Aguero has scored already 10 or 12, [Alvaro] Negredo 10 or 12, [Edin] Dzeko four or five, [Wayne] Rooney eight or 10, [Olivier] Giroud eight or 10, [Daniel] Sturridge eight or 10, [Luis] Suarez 10 or 12 — if you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight, 10, 12 goals: yes," Mourinho told reporters.
"If we had eight, 10, 12 [more] goals we would be top of the league. That's a reality, but my strikers give everything and the team works hard."
Indeed, Mourinho claimed that there is little more that he can do to bring the best out of his misfiring forwards.
"What can you do more? We work, we keep working. That's the only way I know is to keep working," he said. "Of course we want the best possible results but I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players. This is a period for the club and this is a period of my team where we have to try and improve the players we have and try to build a future.
"It is my squad. For good and for bad, it is my squad. Of course, it is not the perfect squad but it is my squad and I work with them until the last day. To criticize does not help me. What do I win by criticizing my players? I win nothing."