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Jose Mourinho: Injury update on Cesar Azpilicueta and Thibaut Courtois


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Swansea City were not as dependent on Wilfried Bony as some other teams are on their key strikers.

The Ivory Coast international joined Manchester City this month but the Portuguese says the Swans depend more on their organisation and philosophy rather than on individual players.

"I know they [Swansea City] have a very good team, and very good teams don't depend on one player," Mourinho said.

"They depend more on their organisation, their philosophy, and the way they think and play football. Swansea are a good example of that. The work in the club has been magnificent.

"I'm one of the guys that left the country with Swansea in the Championship and I returned to the country with Swansea playing in the Europa League, being in the top 10, and reaching Wembley in the cups.

"Garry Monk received a good team with good players and good organisation, but to keep that stability and that quality for about a year since he left the player role to become a manager is brilliant."

Asked to give a full update on injured players, the Portuguese said: "[Cesar] Azpilicueta is out but it is less than we thought it would be.

"He was intelligent to understand a big injury was coming [against Newcastle] and he stopped. I think next week he will train with the team.

"[Thibaut] Courtois is fit. I'm not saying he's 100% but not many players are 100% to play football during a season.

"There is always a pain here, a pain there, an ankle swelling or something like that. He had a problem with his finger against Tottenham but if we need him to play he is ready to play.

"I have the two best goalkeepers in the Premier League. I decide with the keepers the same way I decide with the outfield players.

"My decision against Newcastle was very simple. Who is a better goalkeeper: a 100% Petr Cech or an 85% fit Thibaut Courtois? It was easy for me to make a decision."

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