Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is ready to take the risk with Samuel Eto’o and start the former Barcelona man for the crucial Champions League quarter-final clash against PSG. Chelsea’s match on Tuesday night could potentially decide our season. Even though we stayed in touch with leaders Liverpool and Manchester City with a 3-0 win over Stoke City, Chelsea seem to be running out of games to catch the leaders.
After a 3-1 defeat in the first leg, our Champions League hopes are also hanging by the thread. Stamford Bridge has seen some Champions League miracles (most recently in 2012 against Napoli) and it needs one more tomorrow night. A 2-0 win will see us progress to the semifinals, and an early goal is the best remedy. Compared to the likes of Torres and Ba, Eto’o remains the striker with form. He missed the first leg, but he could be brought back ahead of schedule according to Jose. He said:
“Maybe I will pick him. “To risk a player you need to have minimum conditions. If you think he’s going to be out after 10 minutes of the game you can’t take that risk.
“If there is a minimum of conditions of risk, then, yes, I will pick him. We need to score goals. If we don’t score a minimum of two goals, we are out. We know that. If we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals, then let’s do that.
Eto’o has scored in his last three starts for Chelsea and all of them came in big matches. He is a man for the big occasions. Even if Chelsea could get around 70 minutes from the 33-year-old, it would be great. Torres looks woefully out of touch and you would get lengthy odd to see him score in the match.
Jose went on to reveal that he intended to have Eto’o on the bench for the win over Stoke. He continued:
“I wanted Eto’o to be on the bench on Saturday [against Stoke] and play 15 or 20 minutes but he was not fit enough. He did not train with the team on Sunday, so we have to see.”