Jose's keeper conundrum
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hilario's form is giving Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho food for thought.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has a number of injury worries ahead of next week's clash with Barcelona, while Hilario's form is giving the Portuguese food for thought.
Andrei Shevchenko sat out Saturday's win at Sheffield United and his strike partner Didier Drogba limped out of the 2-0 win at half time.
Mourinho admits he has a number of concerns for the trip to Spain, but the form of Hilario has handed him a welcome headache.
"In the first game against Barcelona we played without two keepers and maybe now is the time to play without two forwards and I will just take defenders and midfielders," Mourinho said of his striking problems.
Hilario, though, has answered his manager's call in the last four games and even though Carlo Cudicini is now fit, there is no guarantee the Italian will be restored to the side against Barca.
"I have to think about it," stated Mourinho. "For me, at the start of the season Petr is the first, Carlo the second and Hilario the third.
"All of them know that, but Hilario went direct from third to first and has played four matches and conceded one goal.
"Everything he is doing, he is doing with confidence and Carlo is just back.
"I have to think."