Mourinho calls for patience
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho wants his Chelsea players to be patient ahead of the World Cup.Jose Mourinho has urged his Chelsea players not to panic if they are not first choice at the beginning of this season, with the World Cup looming next summer.
The Chelsea boss, who told Sky Sports News that England have a chance of winning next summer's tournament in Germany, is keen to avoid players worrying about their international prospects should they not start as regulars.
"I think all of them have the ambition to go, and I told them that, if some don't go, I will feel a little guilty," said Mourinho.
"I will feel part of it, part of the success and part of disappointment, so I want to help them all to go.
"I think the motivation is high, but they have to control their emotions.
"I can look ahead and guess that in two or three weeks time players will be very worried because they are not playing and cannot be out of the side before the World Cup next summer.
"But choices will be made between January and April and in that time everyone will be playing.
"Joe Cole, Robert Huth, Tiago, Ricardo Carvalho will be worried, but they have to control their emotion, and know that, first of all, their national coach trusts them.
"That is not because they play 20 games or even 40 games for Chelsea. They are selected or not selected - there is no reason.
"All of them will play matches. I remember [Mateja] Kezman saying at the end of last season that he did not have any chances for Chelsea, he was never the first choice and so on and so on.
"He played 37 matches so you can imagine."
Mourinho believes that England's wealth of riches in defence bodes well for next summer's tournament.
"I think they can," he responded when asked if England could win it.
"They have the best group of central defenders in the world - John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Ledley King - I think as a group of four or five they are the best.
"I think Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are a twin in midfield. They are absolutely fantastic mentally and technically.
"After that they have very good players, but of course South America is strong and there are still other teams in Europe that are strong."