By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Oscar, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are all in contention to play for Chelsea against Southampton on Saturday, according to Jose Mourinho.
The attacking trio were all left in the UK as the Premier League champions were beaten 2-1 at Porto on Tuesday night.
Mourinho insisted afterwards that his decision to drop Oscar, Remy and Falcao was not a “punishment” and was based on footballing decisions.
With Diego Costa selected to lead the attack against Porto, there was not a single recognised striker on the Chelsea bench, which included goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, defenders John Terry and Baba Rahman, midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and attacking midfielders Eden Hazard and Kenedy.
Mourinho defended his decision to leave Oscar, Remy and Falcao in London, which left the manager sending on 19-year-old Kenedy, with his side chasing the game.
The Portugese insisted that all his decisions were based on footballing factors, and that all three players will be available for Saturday’s Premier League match against Southampton, when Costa will serve the final match of a three-game ban.
“It was the right decision,” said Mourinho. “No punishment, no punishment. Just a decision.”
In other Chelsea news, Mourinho praised his team’s efforts in Portugal despite the team slipping to their fifth defeat of the season.
“It was a good performance with two ridiculous mistakes,” he said. “We were punished. The second goal for us is a ridiculous mistake.”