Mourinho: Spain team needed a shake-up before now
Jose Mourinho believes that the success obtained in recent years prevented fresh blood from being drafted into the Spain team
Jose Mourinho believes that the success obtained in recent years prevented fresh blood from being drafted into the Spain team, who were knocked out of the 2014 World cup after losing their first two games against Holland and Chile.
"It's very easy to talk about changes or a renewal, either with a national team or a club, when they don't win. But when you win, it's difficult. How often has a club been crowned champions and not been renewed? It's difficult from an emotional point of view. What happens if things go badly the following season," said the Chelsea manager in his regular spot on the Yahoo website.
"The same thing happens with a national team," he said in reference to Spain after they lost to Chile. "Four years is a long time in football. There is a natural tendency to renew the team over that time, but there is a moral debt towards the players," he explained. "I've won with you, and I have to stay with you," he remarked.
"Before it was difficult to say that they had to play Koke, De Gea, Morata. Now it's easy. That has already happened before with Italy and France. It's difficult to change when you're winning," said Mourinho.
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