No Mour tantrums
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho has stated that the Ricardo Cavalho outburst is in the past.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has put an end to the Ricardo Carvalho fiasco.
The Portuguese defender recently made a public outburst about his exclusion from the first team, after being part of the defence that led Chelsea to the Premiership title last season.
Carvalho was seemingly incensed by Mourinho's lack of explanation for the sudden decision to play William Gallas over the former Porto player, and the Chelsea boss responded by leaving the rebel out of the squad for last Sunday's crunch match with Arsenal.
However, the ever-charismatic Mourinho has confirmed that the issue has been forgotten, and is confident that such unrest will be dealt with internally from now on.
"Carvalho is selected. It's over. He did what he did. We react the way we react," Mourinho mused.
"He was punished by the club in the financial point of view, he was punished because the biggest punishment a player can have is when he is not selected. Of course, he was out of a big game in the last game so it's enough.
"Now he has to work and try to play again and he knows he stays in Chelsea. I know he is a great player; in the same way Terry was the best central defender of the Champions League last year, Ricardo was two years ago.
"He's not an ordinary player - he's a top player, a top player we want to keep and don't want to lose. What happened, happened, now it's over.
"I cannot say in the future it won't happen again, I can't say that because players are players, when they are frustrated and not happy sometimes under a bit of pressure they say things they shouldn't but minimum hope in the future, when they have something to say they say it to me, to the group where they have to discuss things.
"I hope they can do it because they know I don't accept when they have a meeting with me and say nothing and two days later say a lot.
"I think the message goes across but would guess more things will happen during the season, that's the life of a group - especially the life of a big quality group as we have.
"If you speak with Riccy he is not having what he wants to have. He wants to play every game. You know I can accept the disappointment, everybody wants to play, I can understand that.
"If the player comes to me and tells me 'I'm disappointed, I want to play first choice', I understand - it doesn't change my mind but I can understand that.
"For example, Joe (Cole) wasn't in the 16 in the last game, tomorrow he will be so what I have to try and do is understand the nature of the players and try to create the situation where, after a disappointment, arrives something to make them happy.
"In that sense, the situation will be controlled."
The Chelsea boss has confirmed that he will continue with his squad rotation policy in Wednesday's encounter with West Bromwich Albion, but he is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding his starting XI.
"There are not many changes, the players know today we practice in relation for the game tomorrow but I don't want to tell you I don't know the West Brom team if I know it so we'll have to wait.
"Of course I'll keep the structure of the team and of course I don't play with the same 11 players played against Arsenal, but we're not making many changes."