Chelsea head into this weekend’s crunch clash with Manchester United in fine form, having disposed of European minnows Maribor 6-0 in last night’s Champions League fixture.
Following the game Jose Mourinho had plenty to say on the performances of his players, though avoided talking about the match which will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday.
One individual he chose to comment specifically on was the young Kurt Zouma, who may well be in line for a shock start following a tidy outing last night. The French defender is currently a backup option for Gary Cahill and John Terry, though Mourinho told reporters that he was ready for any game.
Meanwhile there’s far more clarity regarding who won’t be playing for the Blues in one of the biggest matches of the season, as both Diego Costa and Loic Remy are thought to be injured. The latter came off in the first-half after opening the scoring against Maribor, while the former is still struggling after international duty.
On the transfer front there’s big news concerning the future of Fernando Torres, who is said to be a transfer target for former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo. The Spaniard is on loan at AC Milan currently but may be offloaded permanently in January.
Having failed to make the grade under Mourinho he 30-year-old found himself shipped to Italy, where he hasn't looked all that bad under Filippo Inzaghi's tutelage. That being said he's still some way from the glittering sort of form he produced when he was at Liverpool, and with Costa and Remy performing well he doesn't look like he has a place at Chelsea.
If he does move to the Bundesliga then it could spell the end of Julian Draxler at Schalke, with the prodigal forward wanted by a number of top European clubs. The £37 million release clause may be an obstacle, but Di Matteo would certainly be more open to selling him if he had a replacement.
And finally Mourinho will have to turn to other options as it looks like he won’t be signing Juan Cuadrado. The Colombia international is ready to sign a new deal with Fiorentina, thus ending interest from England.