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No comparison - Chelsea strikers aren’t like Liverpool and Man City hotshots, says Mourinho

Samuel Eto'o celebrates with Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager after scoring against Schalke. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images Samuel Eto'o celebrates with Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager after scoring against Schalke. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Friday, December 13, 2013
2:47 PM

Jose Mourinho believes it is not possible to compare Chelsea’s much-maligned strikers with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

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Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have scored a combined total of four Premier League goals this season, with Eto’o top scorer among Chelsea’s front men with two. In contrast, Suarez has netted 15 times in the Premier League this season and Aguero 12.

While Mourinho again praised the team credentials of the trio, he could not hide his frustrations.

Mourinho said: “Do I expect them to score a little bit more? Yes. Do we need a little bit more? Yes.

“But we cannot compare players with different qualities. We cannot expect Demba Ba or Fernando to get the ball like Aguero or Suarez, to dribble [past] three or four guys, to hit the shot. They are different players.

“Some strikers, they are players with fantastic individual qualities and they can, by themselves, do what their team is not able to do.

“Our strikers are not individual players, they are not players with this kind of quality, with this kind of potential.

“They are more in the team organisation and in the team dynamic and they do other jobs. That’s why I’m not critical of them. They do other things for the team.

“In this moment our strikers, the number of goals is quite frustrating. Not just for me, especially for them. But their contribution is good.

“The other guys they play with their strength and their strength is super individual quality: the dribble, the shot, the sharp movement, the individual action, so by themselves they resolve problems.

“We don’t have this kind of striker.”

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