Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that he wasn't punishing Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy after leaving them out of the Blues' Champions League squad last night, reports the Telegraph.
The west London outfit suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Porto, but the 'Special One' has insisted that he doesn't regret not bringing the duo with him to Portugal.
Without Costa and Falcao, Chelsea failed to name a recognised striker on the bench but started with Spain international Diego Costa, who is currently in the midst of a ban on the domestic scene.
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However, Mourinho claims he wasn't punishing the duo of Remy and Falcao, as he stated: “No punishment, no punishment. Just a decision.”
On top of that, when asked whether he regretted his decision to leave the duo behind, Mourinho responded by saying: “No.”
Despite falling behind on the night, Brazilian wide-man Willian equalised for the Blues with a splendid free-kick, but Mourinho's side went on to concede again as centre-back Maicon headed home past Asmir Begovic in the second half.
Chelsea have now been beaten on five separate occasions this season and will be desperate to improve sooner rather than later.
Chelsea must respond quickly, but it's not going to be easy against Southampton. Ronald Koeman's Saints are a well-drilled side and will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Costa remains banned, of course, so Mourinho has a big decision to make when selecting a striker. After last night's snub, the duo of Falcao and Remy will undoubtedly head into the game with a lack of confidence.
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