—Mourinho Allays Nigeria Star’s Injury Fears
By James Agberebi:
Nigeria internationals, John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses, were in action for Chelsea in their 1-0 loss to Fiorentina, in the International Champions Cup.
It was Chelsea’s second straight defeat after their loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
Both started the match, but Moses was taken off early in the second half after appearing to have picked a knock.
However, moments after the match, when asked about Moses, Mourinho was quoted by the Chelsea Twitter handle saying: “He has no problem.”
The Super Eagles winger has been one of Chelsea’s best player in pre-season, in which they have not won any match in regular time.
The only goal of Wednesday night’s match was scored by Rodriguez on 34 minutes after Asmir Begovic spilled a shot.
Moses was the liveliest Chelsea players in action, while Mikel had a quiet game. Moses was a contant threat to the Fiorentina defence and he suffered from several rough tackles.
The duo were eventually substituted as Moses came off for Ramirez in the 54th minute, while Mikel was replaced at half time by Nemanja Matic.
Also in action was youngster Ola Aina, who came off before the start of the second half.
In Sunday’s Community Shield against Arsenal, Moses came in towards the end of the match while Mikel was an unused substitute.
Meanwhile, Chelsea will begin the defence of their EPL title against Swansea.