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Jose Mourinho on his team selection for tonight's game against Barcelona


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says four of his five available defenders will play the full game against Barcelona tonight.

The Blues will face the Spanish giants in their last pre-season International Champions Cup match of the summer.

They will be back in London on Wednesday to prepare Sunday's FA Community Shield match against Arsenal at Wembley.

"The game against Paris was a very good one; against Barcelona it can be an even better one," Mourinho told reporters.

"I'm not worried with tactical aspects, and I'm not worried with the result. I'm just worried about the possibility to play at a higher intensity and prepare ourselves for the Premier League.

"I need to give players minutes.

"I need to give players different experiences, playing with each other and also playing in different positions. It's just about preparation.

"Obviously nobody likes to lose even in training but if we wanted to win we would choose opponents where we could win easily.

"This time, because we have a short pre-season and not a long time to be ready for the Premier League, we decided to play proper opponents and have proper training matches to raise the level.

"Defenders I have to give 90 minutes to because at this moment I have only five. Between the five we must have four on the pitch and so for the defenders I have to do it.

"I prefer the others to play high intensity football and to not reach their fatigue levels, giving everybody a chance to develop their condition."

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