Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be set for another stand off with the Football Association over England manager Roy Hodgson’s decision to have an informal get-together with the member of his Three Lions squad at St. George’s Park base by the end of the month.
Roy Hodgson has earlier called a meeting of all his Three Lion squad on a Thursday night in January to discuss the national team’s schedules for 2015. This has been communicated to all Premier League managers whose players are involved in the scheduled meeting.
The England manager wants Chelsea and England’s Centre back Gary Cahill to be part of the meeting geared towards team bonding and progression but Chelsea look likely to block the player’s move for the meeting at St. George’s Park especially with the club having heavy schedule at the end of the month when the meeting is likely to hold.
Chelsea will be having a Capital One cup semi final clashes with Liverpool across the midweeks Roy Hodgson is likely to choose for his meeting, and Jose Mourinho will need the services of his Defender in those games.
Mourinho would also want his players to take adequate rest after games and won’t entertain the idea of Cahill joining the rest of the Three Lions squad immediately after the Liverpool game.
There have been recent talks between the Portuguese manager and the FA but its almost certain Jose Mourinho won’t be allowing his key player attend those meetings at a very crucial period of the season.
Chelsea are still in contention for all four trophies up for grab in England and Europe this season and the fixtures are already congested. There will be need to effectively manage the players within this tight schedule to keep them healthy and safe from injuries.
Gary Cahill has been an important member of Jose Mourinho squad at Chelsea. An ever-presence in the heart of the Blue’s defence with fellow country man John Terry.
His performance has however come under huge scrutiny in recent weeks especially after the performance at White Hart Lane which saw Chelsea concede five goal in a match.
He was replaced in the Chelsea Line-up by French prodigy Kurt Zouma in the last game against Newcastle, a move many saw as punishment for his performance in the Spurs game.
Mourinho has however come out to deny those claims and went ahead to explain the reason why Cahill was dropped as just to give the player a rest which have been fairly overdue.
Zouma assured performance in the heart of defence against the Magpies should however be a source of concern for Cahill as a consistent performance of that nature from the 20-year-old will see Cahill’s position in the team come into question.
Chelsea really have a lot of matches to play and the fixtures are really congested. Mourinho will need to manage his key players which includes Cahill within this period and any idea of allowing the player join manager Roy Hodgson’s team-bonding meeting will be out of place for the special one.