Cape Town - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he cannot keep all of his
players happy, but insists the needs of the club come before the needs
of the individual.
The Blues head into Monday's fixture at Stoke City looking to
re-open their three-point lead at the top of the standings, with
Manchester City's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday taking them
level at the summit.
Mourinho has the added task of having to juggle his
hugely-talented pool of players during the hectic festive schedule, but
knows there is no easy way to keep every squad member satisfied.
"I think everybody has to be ready to sacrifice for the team, to
give everything for the team, to think about the team, not to be
selfish. This is the way I want a team to be," Football411 quotes him as saying.
"I think it is right when you say that players are unhappy or
players are frustrated, that they need to be patient. I don't have a
secret to keep players happy.
"But the reality is that, to be professional and work at a high
level, you don't need to be happy. All of them are professionals.
"The team is more important than themselves, and the club (is).
"Even the ones not playing like (Mark) Schwarzer, who hasn't
played a second, but if he has to play tomorrow he would be ready. Why?
Because he is very professional and he trains very well.
"We don't have a secret to keep them happy because we don't keep
them happy. We may have a secret to make them work every day at a high
"It's my decision and the players may not be happy with the
decision, or not agree with the decision, but they know my decision is
not to favour somebody or to punish somebody."