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Mourinho confirms Eto'o will play this weekend

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that new summer signing Samuel Eto'o will play against Roberto Martinez's Everton in their Premier League encounter this weekend.

Speaking in his press conference on Friday, the Portuguese manager said:

"Eto'o will play at the weekend. We want to use our quality attacking players.

"He is intelligent, has good movement and a natural appetite for goals. He is a very experienced player. He suits our style of play."

When asked about the competition for the striker position between Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, Mourinho said that everybody in the team will get a chance to play in the next few weeks:

"We are in three competitions. The games come every three days and everyone will get a chance to play.

"It is difficult to keep strikers happy. It depends on the goals they score - that is the nature of a striker. Whether as a starter or from the bench, their happiness depends on goals."

Mourinho was quick to state that Juan Mata is still in his plans, despite rumours that the Spanish midfielder was unhappy at his lack of playing time:

"He is in my plans the same as the others. I like him very much - that's why he's here.

"He will fight for positions like everybody else. Sometimes he starts the match, sometimes he isn't selected, sometimes he's on the bench. With so many matches coming, sometimes I will make strange decisions to your eyes.

"I will think about the next match or the coming matches and maybe leave out an important player because I want to have him at his best"

In preparation for the Everton match, Mourinho gave his assurance that his Chelsea side are not defensive, and will attempt to win every match:

"Goodison Park is a hard place to play. It's not easy to get a result there. Everton's record at home is always better than their record away.

"I watched the Chelsea game twice last year - the three points went in the wrong direction. They were better than Chelsea then.

"We want to win. A point can be a positive point or two points lost - I don't know. We can only tell at the end of the season. We will try to get the 3 points"

On Everton's summer signings of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, following the departure of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, the Chelsea boss was quick to praise his counterpart's transfer business:

"They have a good squad, they did well in the window. They now have two good players with different profiles. [Gareth] Barry is a good, experienced player, while [James] McCarthy is a good player with good potential. When you sell one player and get two its good business for them"

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday at 5.30pm.

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