Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he is unsatisfied with the lucklustre goal return of his strikers in the Premier League, despite the Blues currently sitting in joint second place in the table.
Mourinho’s men haven’t exactly struggled for goals this season, with the London outfit netting nine in their last three games alone.
Their defensive troubles, however, have been more apparent recently after slumping to a 3-2 defeat to Stoke and claiming a nervy 4-3 victory over Sunderland in their previous two league outings.
But the Portuguese boss has highlighted the shortcomings of his frontmen, with summer signing Samuel Eto’o with two league strikes, while Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have only one apiece.
And while he was called for the trio to improve, he insists he will not change the team’s attacking approach despite their stuttering form.
“The number of goals in the Premier League is not the number I want and they want,” said the Blues boss.
“This is something very, very obvious, between them they have four goals.
“Strikers do help the team in other ways, no doubt, but the number of goals they are scoring is not enough to make me happy and to make them happy.
“We have to try to improve. We have to kill opponents and we have to score goals but we are also conceding goals defensively.
“In this moment if you train defensive corners against the dummies, I think one dummy will score, because all the rebounds they go to the opponents.
“But, am I going to change the style and play more defensive players? No. Am I going to play David Luiz in front of the central defenders? No.
“Am I going to play with four plus two and the wingers closing behind and leaving Fernando in attack waiting for a counter attack, waiting for a long ball to try to win 1-0? No.
“We go in the same direction.”
Chelsea prepare to face Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for their final game of the Champions League group stage.
The Blues have already qualified for the last 16, despite losing 1-0 against Basel in their previous fixture, but they go into the game knowing that a win will guarantee their place at the top of Group E.
“We are the best team in the group. We have to prove it tomorrow and win to finish first,” Mourinho added.
“We have to win and not just to finish first, also to have the good feeling of winning at home, finishing with 12 points.
“If you tell me now we get a point tomorrow and with that point we are first because of the other result, I don’t want it. I want to have the feeling of winning the game tomorrow. We need to win.”