Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has reveal reasons why he excluded summer signing Papy Djilobodji from the prestigious UEFA Champions League squad this season. This was made known during today press conference when the tactician claimed he wanted to give the duo of Traore and Kenedy ample opportunity to gain experience.
“Djilobodji is one of our four central defenders and hopefully useful for us,” said Mourinho, who also revealed it had not been his choice to sign the centre-back.
“If he is in the Champions League squad Traore or Kenedy are not in the list.
“Traore and Kenedy are young players working with us from day one and we believe it can be a fantastic opportunity if they can play a few minutes in the Champions League.
“The group phase has six matches and we need to be very unlucky if we need Djilobodji in the team when we have John Terry, Gary Cahill, Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic.”
Djilobodji joined the EPL defending champions on deadline day of summer transfer window after the Blues failed to secure the services of England international John Stones. The 26-year old Senegalese seal a dream £3million move to Stamford bridge from French side Nantes.