BY GODWIN AIKIGBE—
Jose Mourinho is optimistic Radamel Falcao will play a key role in Chelsea’s title defence this season, reiterating that the Colombia striker offers him different options up front because of his style of play.
The striker, on loan from Monaco, joins Diego Costa and Loic Remy as options for leading our line this season, but as the manager showed during pre-season he has the possibility of changing the team’s
“In the last 20 minutes against Barcelona we played with Loic Remy and Falcao,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Chelsea’s official website.
He added: “They did very well not just to bring the team forward but also with one less player in midfield they closed the spaces in front of the midfield line. We can play with two.
“We were losing against Barcelona and I took Eden Hazard off because I was not worried about the result otherwise he would have played the whole game. Falcao came on and suddenly the team was direct and objective. They closed the lines and played in the opposition half. Falcao held the ball up very well.
“I’m very happy with his first week. I like him a lot as a player. The team play very well with a striker of his quality. He’s not just a guy that can score a goal; he can also contribute a lot to the quality of the game.
“I was not expecting him to come here, play 20 minutes against Barcelona and score three goals,’ continued Mourinho.
“I was waiting for his determination to work, to help the team and to understand the way we play football. For the moment we are happy.”