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10/12/2013 - 15:48 BST

We Need More Goals – Jose Mourinho Demands Increase in League Output From Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o


Tuesday, 10th December, 2013

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is disappointed with the lack of league goals from strikers Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o, but hopes happier times lie ahead.

The trio have contributed just four goals in total in the Premier League so far, thanks to spells hit with injury and lack of form.


Torres' output has always been a cause for concern at Chelsea, while Eto'o's can arguably be put down to adjusting to a new league after switching from Anzhi Makhachkala this summer.

Regardless, Mourinho, despite being happy with their overall work rates, told a press conference: "The number of goals in the Premier League is not the number I or they want.

"But that is something obvious. Fernando scored one goal, Demba scored one goal and [Eto’o] scored two goals, so in between them they have four goals.

"In the striker position, we have three, which is the perfect number. Sometimes I like to have two on the bench, sometimes I like to play with two.

"Sometimes we had Fernando injured, and sometimes Eto'o was injured. So what we have is a perfect number. They are all getting minutes and matches and are working very well.

"Strikers give us many other things and they are doing that, no doubt. [But] the number of goals they are scoring is not enough to make me happy and to make them happy.

"So we have to try and improve and wait for better times, to score more goals and feel happier."

Despite a poor goal return from his strikers, Mourinho's Chelsea have still found the back of the net 30 times in 15 Premier League games so far.

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