Egypt forward Mohamed Salah needs time to improve himself and to grow up, says Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho. The tactitian has hinted that Chelsea could be the place for him to do it.
The 22-year-old, who is still searching for a regular place in Chelsea squad, joined the starting lineup for the 3-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League in the final matchday of the group stage Wednesday.
He has been regularly missing from Chelsea's starting lineup this season as he failed to meet coach Mourinho's expectations.
The Sporting Lisbon game was Salah's third appearance in the starting lineup this season.
"The ones who are playing regularly, they face the game in the right way," Mourinho was quoted as saying after the game.
"Those that don’t always play, they came in very well. When the game was 2-1 there could have been some emotions but when it went to 3-1 the game was over and the better side won," the Blues manager added.
Salah, who joined Chelsea from Swiss side Basel last winter, made a fine impact and was unlucky not to score seven minutes after the interval when his left-foot shot from the edge of the area was brilliantly blocked by Sporting keeper Rui Patricio.
"We have a good squad. We have people who need to grow up, people who have many years to play and to improve. It’s good that we have this kind of performance because it’s a game without the pressure," Mourinho concluded.
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