Jose Mourinho slates his Chelsea strikers again

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Jose Mourinho has, once again, criticised his strikers for their inability to produce moments of magic as the need for Diego Costa becomes clearer.

Chelsea's already faint Premier League title hopes received another blow yesterday, as their impotent attack trio failed to find the net in a disappointing draw against relegation-stricken Norwich City.  

The Blues' main stars to lead the line; Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and £50 million man Fernando Torres have all flattered to deceive this year.

Between them they have mustered only 18 Premier League goals. This, when you look at Liverpool duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge's total of 50 and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure's 19, is exactly where Mourinho's men have faltered. 

Unsurprisingly the club are being linked with goal-hungry Diego Costa, who helped Atletico Madrid fire the Mourinho's side out the Champions League last week.

Only Ballon d'Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have bettered Costa's 27 goals in La Liga.

When stating what he wanted to see from his existing stars, Mourinho appeared to describe attributes of the 25-year-old Spaniard.

"Our strikers are good strikers, but they are players with some specific qualities," the 51-year-old said.

"They are not the kind of players who in five square metres - with three or four players around - can get the ball, dribble on, see the space and shoot.

"So when the team is in a difficult situation they are not able to, normally, resolve the situation for us."

It isn't the first time that the Portuguese manager has demanded more of his forwards. Following a Champions League defeat back in February, Mourinho claimed that they didn't know how to score whilst also questioning the real age of Eto'o.

Chelsea have only one game left and to pull off a shock title win they need both Manchester City and Liverpool to lose their last two games.  

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