Jose to turn to Eto'o

LONDON - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is likely to turn to Samuel Eto'o for salvation in tonight’s Champions League second leg quarter-final against Paris St Germain.

At the weekend, the Cameroonian strode through Stamford Bridge's press room in casual dress after the 3-0 win over Stoke City.

Eto'o was beaming, no doubt delighted by his team-mates' win against Stoke, and there was also a spring in his step, providing Mourinho with hope that the forward will be out of his jeans and back in contention for tonight.

Eto'o has not featured for Chelsea since injuring a hamstring in their 6-0 victory over Arsenal last month and, as is often the case, his importance to the team has grown with each day he has not been able to actually play for them.

Largely this is because the man who has featured instead, Fernando Torres, has been, well – Fernando Torres.

In two starts, against Crystal Palace on March 29 and then again last Saturday, the Spaniard performed with a level of impotence that has come to define his time in west London.

In between, Torres was left out of the Chelsea starting lineup that lost 3-1 to PSG in their Champions League quarter-final first leg, with his ineffective arrival as a substitute leading to Mourinho witheringly commenting after the contest about how he lacked "real strikers".

In fairness to the Portuguese, he gave Torres another chance to shine but, yet again, the 30-year-old did not seize the opportunity against Stoke City.

Little wonder, then, that Mourinho is keen for Eto'o to return for the second leg, with the Cameroonian likely to be given the nod after he got through Monday's pre-match training session.

"If we don't score a minimum of two goals, we are out. We know that," said Mourinho. "If we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals then let's do that. So maybe I will pick him [Eto'o] but to risk a player you need to have minimum conditions. If you think he's going to be out after 10 minutes of the game you can't take that risk. But if there is a minimum of conditions of risk, then, yes, I will pick him."

Such expectations certainly cannot be placed on Torres. Without a goal in his last seven games, looks a shell of his former, feared self.

There was plenty of industry but very little threat and by the closing stages it appeared as if he was intentionally not shooting in fear of missing. In total, Torres had only three attempts on goal, two of which were off target. He also lost possession on 10 occasions. – The Guardian


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