Oscar's my No 10, Mata must get used to it! Mourinho's Chelsea
Jose Mourinho has insisted he will not allow two ‘ugly results’ to deflect his plan to beautify Chelsea — and that appears to be bad news for Juan Mata and David Luiz.
Oscar will be the first-choice No 10 this season and Mourinho has told Mata he must adapt his game to become a certain starter alongside the Brazilian.
The Chelsea boss is also set to axe Luiz for the game against Fulham and recall John Terry, who was rested for Wednesday’s defeat by Basle in the Champions League.
‘Oscar is my No 10 and, if somebody tells me that Oscar is not Chelsea’s best player since the beginning of the season, I would have to disagree,’ said Mourinho.
He was asked, is it up to Mata to dislodge Oscar?
‘Yes.’ Can’t they play together? ‘They can, when he adapts to it.’
Mourinho explained he wants Brazil’s No 10 to be Chelsea’s No 10 and the others will have to fit in around him, including Mata.
‘He (Mata) played against Everton from the start and you can analyse his performance,’ said Mourinho.
‘He played against Basle, not like Ba or Mikel coming in to rescue the game, but he came on when the team were winning 1-0 and had specific tasks.
‘The reasons why he’s not playing so much are things I can speak about with him but not with you.’
Mourinho is aware that Mata is the darling of Stamford Bridge, and added: ‘I have to prove to the fans that I am good.
‘It is one thing to play with Ramires and Oscar in the side, with them closing each side and Mata as a No 10, with clever passes, fantastic actions, because he has great talent.
‘It is another thing to adapt to the way we want to play. I am not ready to play with Oscar following full backs to the end of the earth.
'I want Oscar as my No 10 and I want the other two players from the sides to adapt to that and learn how to do things they were not ready to do before.’
Mata has started only twice this season and is yet to complete 90 minutes.
Luiz has started the last three games after missing the first three with an injury.
After losing at home to Basle, having lost at Everton, Mourinho criticised the ‘maturity’ and ‘personality’ of his players.
‘I don’t like the way Chelsea were playing in the last couple of years,’ he added. ‘The club doesn’t like it. We want to change. We had one meeting, not five or 10 or 20, and in that meeting we were all convinced this is the way we want to do it.
‘Mr Abramovich is my boss. Directly and indirectly we are in contact every week.
‘I explain what I’m doing because that’s my job. Is he upset with the results? I hope so. ‘The project is beautiful. We had two very ugly results. We don’t like them. It is a problem, but I accept criticism.’
Watford have signed Josh McEachran on loan.
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