Date: 18th February 2014 at 7:23pm
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After three fairly anonymous performances since his £11 million move from FC Basel, there were a few among the Chelsea faithful who were beginning to question the motives behind the signing of Mohamed Salah. Having sold Juan Mata to United, were Chelsea rushed into the signing just to cover the hole left by the Spaniard’s departure? Had this signing just been a repeat of the Willian saga, a pretentious flexing of our financial muscles against a rival?

In response to Salah’s recent performance, or lack of, at Manchester City, Mourinho has come out and spoken about the Egyptian ahead of our clash with Everton on Saturday.

Mourinho had this to say-

‘He was not in the game [against City]. He has that [pace] but he was not in the game.

“It`s important for him to come step by step and try to improve and adapt. This is a different world, a different quality of football he comes from.’

“You know, playing at Stamford Bridge is not the same as playing for Basle. With Basle you play to enjoy your time and you have nothing to lose. While in the blue shirt, you have 40,000 people that you are required to please. Everyone wants you to be decisive, all the time.

“So I think Mohamed needs six months to adapt our game and the demands of the Premier League.

“I am calm and I`m telling him he has time because we have confidence in him. I think next season is Mohamed Salah`s breakthrough season.”


Do you agree with Mourinho’s analysis of the situation or is this another ploy to adhere to FFP? When he played against us for Basel, I wasn’t exactly blown away by the lad. Time will tell and I for one certainly hope the buy is justified.

Up the Blues!