Jose Mourinho decides against fielding youth team against Arsenal
The Chelsea manager was clearly unhappy about the fixture scheduling which sees the Blues head to the Emirates Stadium just 48 hours after their 2-1 win against Manchester City.
October 28th, 2013
When the games were arranged, Jose Mourinho declared that the Capital One Cup clash against Arsenal would see several young players get an opportunity to compete against the Gunners, although it now appears the Chelsea manager has stopped short of fielding a complete youth team.
While none of the players that started Sunday’s match against City will be involved in Tuesday’s game, Mourinho can still call on several international players for this last sixteen encounter.
He said: “If they want a big game, we cannot give a big game. If they want the players that were playing against Manchester City, we cannot give them that. If they want us not to win a trophy, that’s a help, because if they want a big game between two big teams in London they should put the game on Wednesday, not on Tuesday. I’m not going to give them that.”
Asked if he would pick the youth team, he added: “No, we have to respect our fans and we discussed that in the club. We have to protect our players too. We cannot put our players playing two matches in three days in October. Arsenal played at 12:45 on Saturday, so they will have had two and a half days to rest and prepare. So yes, I hope they all enjoy it. We are going to try and do our job, and we will do our job the best we can.”