Jose Mourinho was left less than impressed at his second-string Chelsea side after a narrow 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town took them to the fifth round of the Capital One Cup.
An opener from Didier Drogba put the Blues ahead, but it took a late own goal to ensure the job was done, and Mourinho said ‘yes’ when asked if he felt let down by the players trying to earn a shot for this weekend’s fixture.
In doing so the Special One virtually confirmed he would have no selection headache for the upcoming game against QPR, and the line-up looks set to be similar to the one which took on Manchester United.
On a night where Chelsea fans would have been forgiven for expecting their side to cruise through to the next stage a number of so called 'fringe players' did little to convince Mourinho that they deserve to be in his plans. The likes of John Obi Mikel and Mohamed Salah were particularly disappointing, whilst a host of others never really found their groove.
And, despite the fact that QPR pose a minimal threat on paper, Mourinho is certain to ring the changes once more for the weekend's fixture, with Eden Hazard, Willian and Nemanja Matic just three key players bound to return to the first team.
Elsewhere it’s bad news with regards to Chelsea’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal, as the Chilean international is now ready to pledge his future to Juventus. Both Mourinho and United boss Louis van Gaal were interested in the playmaker, but it appears he has no interest in a Premier League move.
Vidal has long been linked with a switch away from Turin, and for the majority of the summer it looked as though he would be playing his football in England as of next season.
Of course his side and any potential suitors were unable to come to any agreement and he remained with Juventus, where it looks as though he'll be staying for the foreseeable future.
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