Jose sticks to his guns
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of changing his squad rotation policy.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he has no intention of changing his squad rotation policy after being publicly criticised by Blues defender Ricardo Carvalho.
The Portuguese star hit out at his boss after being left out of the starting line-up to face Wigan in the first Premiership game of the season, leading to speculation of discontent in the corridors of Stamford Bridge.
Dutch winger Arjen Robben has also been forced to make a public denial of stories indicating he too is dissatisfied with Mourinho's constant chopping and changing.
After giving Carvalho a public rebuke for his indiscretions the Blues boss now says has no intention of pandering to his stars' wishes and reiterated his desire to keep his squad fresh by rotating the starting line-up.
Mourinho believes that in the current climate of modern football, particularly given Chelsea's success, such a policy is the only sensible option.
"Against Arsenal, West Brom and Tottenham I will not play with the same players for all the three matches," said Mourinho.
"Not always Didier Drogba or Hernan Crespo playing, that is for sure. And not in all three games will it be William Gallas and John Terry in defence.
"That is modern football. It is possible to play the same 11 players all the time but if I do this, my players play 70 matches.
"Normally, in the Champions League we will be first or second in the group, so we go to the next phase. All my players play in national teams and we do well in the cups.
"If I rest them when they should be rested, they will be ready."