posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 02:51 PM
Jose Mourinho has raised the prospect of another Chelsea spending spree by declaring: "I am down to my last 16 outfield players."
The Stamford Bridge chief has clearly indicated in recent weeks that he would probably not be entering the January sales, but after Didier Drogba's
stuttering performance in the slightly streaky win at Portsmouth where co-striker Mateja Kezman was not even on the substitutes' bench, things could
Arjen Robben and substitute Joe Cole both scored to notch Chelsea's win after Pompey's belligerence and guts had matched the Barclays Premiership
leaders' guile for most of the way.
But Mourinho admitted: "With (Celestine) Babayaro and (Scott) Parker both injured I have just 16 outfield players. That is not many.
"We have had to play two matches in three days which is foreign to many of them and although I understand the traditions of football here at this time
of year, it is not good for your health to do it.
"You can sit back and smoke cigars, one after another, and it is a good life, but it is not actually good for you."
The Portuguese European Cup winner would not comment on whether he will utilise more of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's vast fortune on strengthening
an already talent-laden squad.
But, let's face it, Chelsea's bill for new players since the Russian oil billionaire took over is already pushing £180 million, and they can buy
almost anybody they want.