Samuel Eto’o could return to aid Chelsea in their mammoth task to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The veteran front man missed out on the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal last week, after which Jose Mourinho delivered a scathing attack on his strikers. Against teams prepared to sit back, goals have been anything but easy to come by for Chelsea this season, but at least two will be required against the French champions.
The return of Eto’o, who took some part in training on Monday, would be a major boost toward achieving that objective. Such was Mourinho’s lack of faith in Fernando Torres and Demba Ba that he selected Andre Schurrle in a false nine role in Paris, to little positive effect offensively. Mourinho was unusually candid in his criticism of his own players afterward, declaring “I’m not happy with my striker’s performances.”
Fernando Torres was handed an opportunity to regain some credit when startingagainst Stoke City at the weekend. Yet, the Spaniard, despite showing a keenness to impress, continued to look both a physical and mental shadow of his former self. Quite simply, he doesn’t look like a Premier League striker currently, never mind one capable of leading the line in a Champions League quarterfinal. The situation is much clearer with Demba Ba, who has always looked no more than an able striker for a mid-table club. Eto’o has been by far the pick of the bunch this season, at least able to intelligently link up the play, but is clearly not the threat of old.