Feb 24, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT
Jose Mourinho’s latest argument as to why his side can’t win the Premier League is simple: they don’t have a goal-scorer.
Goals have been a problem for Mourinho’s first-placed Chelsea side. Of the Top 5 Premier League clubs, the Blues rank lowest in goals-scored with 49, a number that’s 20 fewer than Manchester City and 21 fewer than Liverpool.
What’s more, between the three Chelsea strikers – Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba – only 11 league goals have been scored despite a combined 47 appearances. So while Mourinho’s dashing of Chelsea’s title hopes is merely his most recent attempt to reduce pressure on his players, if they do fail to hoist the Premier League trophy the blame certainly won’t be on the defense.
“I have a team, but no striker,” Mourinho continued. “Falcao does not have a team. A player like him can’t play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end your career with.”
Chelsea’s ambition for Falcao is old news – they tried desperately to sign the Colombian hitman last summer before Monaco swooped in with a $86.5 million fee. It was an amount that Atletico Madrid and more importantly, Falcao’s third-party owners, were happy to accept. But the Monaco experiment has gone all wrong, with Falcao succumbing to a knee ligament injury that may keep him out of the 2014 World Cup. Thus, the reignited rumors connecting the striker to Chelsea over the last few months.
Whether Mourinho can persuade Falcao (and his third-party owners) to ditch his five year deal at Monaco for Chelsea is a long shot. Plus, purchasing a 28-year-old striker coming off ligament surgery doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
So who else could be on Mourinho’s radar?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic? “It’s impossible,” the Chelsea boss said.
Edinson Cavani? “Cavani is a very good player,” Mourinho admitted before leaving the door slightly ajar. “But Paris paid a lot of money for him and he has an amazing contract.”
At the end of the day, a number of strikers could fit the mold but expect Mourinho and Chelsea not to make a decision until the 2014 World Cup concludes. At that time perhaps a new face will emerge as ‘the next great thing’. Until then, Mourinho and the Blues will continue on with their trio of non-goal-scoring heroes (thank God for Eden Hazard), hoping the decision to stick with them doesn’t come back to bite him come May 11th.
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