Jose Mourinho says Radamel Falcao, Oscar and Loic Remy showed the ideal response to being left out of the squad for the midweek Champions League defeat against Porto.
The trio did not travel to Portugal but Mourinho was impressed with how they reacted when they trained alone on Tuesday and says they could return in today’s home game against Southampton.
“I was told that they worked fantastically well because they know they could be selected for the next match,” the Portuguese said.
“They worked really hard and really well on the Tuesday when it is not easy to do that.
“They found the motivation and a fantastic reaction reaction and in the last few days it has been business as usual.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho has insisted that his team’s dismal start to the season will make him a better manager despite being “the worst period with the worst results” in his career.
Chelsea have lost three and drawn two of their seven Premier League games so far this season.
“It’s a great negative experience,” Mourinho said. “I have big challenges all the time but I never lost so many matches. That is a fact
“In this period I get a fantastic experience which I don’t want to repeat, but an experience that is good for my career.
“I think, after 15 years, it is too late and should come after two, three or four years. But it is helping me to be a better coach.”