By Tom Finn
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has come out and said that he had no plans to sign any new players once the January transfer window opens.
The Portuguese boss believes that has current group of players are more than capable of being able to compete in four competitions.
“We cannot be better than first in the League, top of our Champions’ League group and in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup,” he said.
The Blues take on Hull City on Saturday without number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is out with a minor muscle injury, meaning that former number one Petr Cech will be in the nets instead of the 22-year-old Belgium international.
Meanwhile Cesc Fabregas will be missing through suspension, but Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic returns following a ban that saw him miss the 2-1 away loss to Newcastle United, the Blues first Premier League defeat of the season.
Chelsea now have a spell of six games between now and the New Year with Blues boss Mourinho telling the BBC he intends to rest some of his senior players over the coming holidays.
“I don’t think any one player will play all these six matches,” he said
“The ones who play all matches will have to go to five, but I have to give them one rest.”
Mourinho has granted his European players a two day break next week following the Capital One Cup quarter final against Derby County to allow them to have some time with their families.
Mourinho said: “It allows the players from England, Belgium, France and Germany to go and have a nice dinner with their families – it is the only two days I can give them because they need to be back on Friday to play on Monday [at Stoke in the Premier League].”