Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year should have all come from his team, before insisting that the selected squad does not have the capability to win the Premier League, Mirror reports.
Despite having no less than six players – Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, and Nemanja Matic – in the all-star lineup, Mourinho was bewildered that star midfielder Cesc Fabregas was omitted even though the Spaniard made an incredible 16 assists during the campaign.
‘The Special One’ did admit that he was biased, but when asked whether there should have been more Blues players in the squad, he replied that all of them should have gained the recognition.
He said: “Yes, all. I think so. But I know that this is the Chelsea manager speaking, and obviously I respect every one of the players in that team, and especially everyone that chose.
“The players from the other teams have the right to choose. Obviously great players were in that team, and great players were outside that team.
“But just as an example, the season Fabregas is doing, the number of assists and quality of his game – not to be there is a bit strange.
He then added that the selected team – which included Manchester United’s David De Gea, Southampton ace Ryan Bertrand, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez, and Tottenham’s PFA Young Player of the Year Harry Kane – can’t win the title due to a lack of balance.
“And I think that team wouldn’t win the Premier League. Because that team is four defenders, Matic and only five to attack.
“So it’s a team without any balance. That team is missing a midfield player, and I think that midfield player should be Fabregas.
“But this is not important. I look now as a fan not a manager. It looks like I’m in a pub discussing things that aren’t important, because the important thing is to be champions.”
Chelsea will clinch the title if they manage to beat Leicester City this Wednesday and then Crystal Palace on the weekend.