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Chelsea Pre-Spurs Team News: Mourinho On Mata, Ramires & Van Ginkel

Chelsea make the trip across London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime. Here’s the latest team news from Jose Mourinho.


Chelsea make the trip across London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.

Ahead of the game boss Jose Mourinho has been holding his pre-match press conference today and he gave a team news and injury update with the latest on Juan Mata, Ramires and Marco van Ginkel.

The Blues warmed up for the Spurs match with a comfortable 2-0 win over League One outfit Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, but the match saw two of Chelsea’s midfielder’s forced off through injury.

Dutchman Marco van Ginkel – who only joined the club in the summer – picked up a nasty anterior cruciate ligament injury and Mourinho confirmed that while his surgery was a success, the youngster is unlikely to play again this season.

Ramires was forced off with a hip injury in midweek but the Chelsea boss is hopeful he will be able to call upon the Brazilian midfielder for tomorrow’s trip to the Lane. Mourinho told the clubs official website:

‘The surgery went well [on van Ginkel], the doctor is happy with the way the surgery was made. Now he has to wait for a long time. It’s very sad for a kid who was in an important season for his development but that’s football, sometimes it happens. We lose a player for almost the whole season, I think five months, six months, it’s a long time. To be back when the season is hot and the clubs are playing crucial matches, to be back directly for that, we don’t know.

‘The important thing now is only the kid. He is in good hands. We have very good physios here with experience of cruciate ligaments. The kid will be like new, for sure.

‘Ramires is selected for the squad tomorrow because I hope he can play, but the recovery process is going slowly, he didn’t train with the team. We are doing everything for him to play.’

Juan Mata has seen his place in the Chelsea side come under threat this season with question marks made against the playmakers work-rate off the ball. However, he put in an excellent display against Swindon in midweek and Mourinho confirmed the improved attitude from the Spaniard is likely to put him in his first team thoughts on a more regular basis.

Mourinho continued:

‘He [Mata] can be the matchwinner. I liked [his performance at Swindon]. We are speaking, with all the respect, about a team who is two divisions below us, but it doesn’t matter who you play against. His attitude was very, very good. He made a big effort to come in my direction, so when a player makes a big effort to come in my direction the only thing I can do is to go in his direction too.

‘The last match against Fulham he was not selected and I can imagine that from now, if he keeps working that way and adapting to my way of thinking, the football that I want him to play, the natural tendency is the opposite one, to be in the team.’

Chelsea are just two points behind Spurs heading into this weekends round of fixtures so they will be looking for three points to overhaul their London rivals and go top of the Premier League ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Swansea.

You can see Andre Villas-Boas’s Tottenham team news here, and our predicted line-ups for the game here.

Now we’ve seen the Chelsea team news, what would be your preferred starting line-up?



  1. Joseph Porto

    September 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Mourinho and protégées are in their happy hour having humilliating Juan Mata, suggesting Lampard and Terry are titulars when they were in the reserve under previous managers. Mata and Luis are far superior and I don’t see any reason for them to go into Mourinho’s despicable mind games.
    It is evident He wants the players to become hungry animals to fight in benefit of himself. He is so eager of glory but only for himself that is capable of using and humiliate any player with that purpose.

    But who is going to tell this pathetic pseudo manager how stupid decisions he is making in his few weeks in England?
    what about this?
    William IN = 32 million OUT + Moses OUT
    Who in the world can do this kind of business???
    only a Moron. Yes or No?
    I heard in the news from Basil that William was able to kill a lion every day to get the starting eleven. As I see the situation he has to kill a Chelsea player every week to get his place.
    (I apologize to William just kidding). But honestly the self proclaimed genius and special moron has no pardon, because he has no mercy with other people he don’t deserve mercy from ourselves.
    For the business Mourinho did with William I have the right to think He is a Moron or Idiot at least. Not to mention the probably loosing of Mata and Luis.

    • Godwin

      September 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

      You just showed what your parents lacked to teach you. “MORAL UP BRINGING”. You are the most Moron, stupid and idiot who doesn’t know football and feel he can analyse it. On your so called stupid business, u shuld know that moses is still a developing player while willian had the experience all he needs is match fitness n adaptation of EPL. You talked about leaving mata n luis in the squad and who told u oscar wil play all 33 remaining matches? Some of you just pick unnecessary and stupid hatred to someone who’s trying to balance the team. You should play LUDO game and stop watching football. IDIOT.

  2. steve edu campbel

    September 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    @porto…u are so stupid….who knowz u exist,……so,litle white asshole get lost!!

  3. john

    September 28, 2013 at 5:27 am

    hey joseph, thats very harsh on mou, if he bought william and loaned moses it’s not that bad, bcuz moses is still young and needs more playing time to develop as a player and that he wont get at chelsea at the moment. About mata, his situation isn’t that bad either, mou is trying to make him improve and become an all round player and that will only improve him for the team, as for luiz, i dont see the reason why the media is trying to unsettle the player, to be fair to mou he has used luiz well, remember he was injured when the season began, when he got well, mou played him in two consecutive matches, then dropped him for the fulham game b4 playing him again in the swindon game, so how on earth is mou frustrating this player? Must luiz play every match?. Atimes i feel u fellas who comment about the game shld seek more understanding of the game b4 making your views known.

  4. ChidiAwesome

    September 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Porto might b harsh, but I think he’s rite. U Mourinho fans hv failed 2 c dat his trouble, it started wit Rooney, Mata,…. Roman was rite by getin Benitez, is beta 2 work wit ur ‘enemy’ , cos he has alot 2 prove, which he did, an dat gave him d Napoli job. Now we’re bak 2 our ‘friend’, who tinks here is his birth rite. U tink u no futbal, wats d futbal sense of signin Willian? Xpect mou controversy. Ad me on fb, Porto. Chidi Dennis.

  5. Mayaki samuel

    September 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Only a fool will a world class coach a fool. Jose’s type are few in the world of coaching. Even if chelsea fc go relegation, Mourihno is one of us and i love seing him, keeping him here at stanford bridge. Up blues

  6. Mayaki samuel

    September 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I love chelsea, i love jose, and i’ll never stop supporting jose… A mouh type is better than 100 villa boas

  7. Terrific fayol

    September 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Mour is usin is personal likenes 2 affect d club cus i see no reason y mourn is puttin mata on d bench nd he deos not belong dre

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