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13 Sep 2013 18:46:54

Eto'o set for Chelsea debut

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Samuel Eto'o can supply the old head which can give his side the perfect blend of youth and experience in their quest for the Premier League title.

The 32-year-old Cameroon international, signed from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer transfer window, is likely to start on the bench when Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park in the late afternoon game on Saturday.

Mourinho said: "He will be selected and when you are selected and you are a striker you play, you start or finish the game but normally my attacking players when selected play because it is the area where I make more changes during the match. So normally he will play his first minutes for Chelsea in the Premier League.

"He is a player adapted to the style of play we want in our team which is a bit contradictory to the general style and philosophy in the Premier League.

"We are not any more a physical, direct team. We want to use the qualities of our attacking players in a different way.

"His movement is very intelligent. He knows exactly the kind of movement he has to do to give continuity to the attacking game. He has a natural appetite for goals and he will score a few goals for us and he will give us experience.

"Everybody is very young, for example against Bayern Munich (in the Super Cup) Andre Schurrle, Oscar and Eden Hazard were all under 22. So Samuel is a player to add experience to a young part of the pitch."

Mourinho insisted that it was imperative to have three main strikers at his disposal as Eto'o takes his place along with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the squad.

"If sometimes I have to risk one point to get three I do it almost every time," Mourinho explained. "Against Manchester United I didn't because I felt it was an important point. But I like to have strikers on the bench and I like to finish matches with two of them. That's why this group of three is fundamental. It is very rare I don't make changes."

Mourinho and Eto'o have had their differences in the past and when Eto'o was with Barcelona he vowed he would never play for the self-proclaimed 'Special One'.


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