Jose wants more goals
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho is expecting an improvement from Chelsea's strikeforce.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits that he is expecting an improvement from the club's strikeforce as he prepares his side to defend their Premiership crown.
The Stamford Bridge club have Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo and Carlton Cole competing for forward places, with Eidur Gudjohnsen expected to operate in a deep-lying role.
Despite selling both Mateja Kezman and Mikael Forssell, Mourinho has declared himself happy with his pool of strikers.
He said: "I know that Didier Drogba and Hernan Crespo are fantastic strikers and I also have Carlton Cole waiting and he is working very hard.
"These three strikers will score more goals than my strikers did last year and that makes me confident."
Chelsea have been expected to make further signings this summer, even though The Blues have already added Asier Del Horno and Shaun Wright-Phillips to their squad for the forthcoming campaign.
Mourinho has long courted Lyon midfielder Michael Essien, although the protracted transfer shows no sign of drawing to a conclusion.
However the former Porto head coach is no longer concerned with transfer speculation and is only focused on the challenge awaiting his side at newly-promoted Wigan on Sunday.
He confirmed: "I'm not worried with the Essien situation. If the player doesn't come we will still have plenty of options."
"The Premiership is all we are focussed on," Mourinho added. "We have had meetings with the players and they know how difficult the Wigan game will be, we have studied well."