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Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Talks Eden Hazard, Oscar and Frank Lampard

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea speaks to Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on October 6, 2013 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Garry HayesFeatured Columnist IVOctober 1, 2016

We've learned a lot about Jose Mourinho's Chelsea over the course of 2013-14, notably the role his young stars such as Eden Hazard and Oscar are going to play in the coming seasons.

Blues manager Mourinho remains adamant, however, that his experienced players such as John Terry and Frank Lampard remain just as important to his plans at Stamford Bridge.

"Young, talented, quick players are exciting for the club," Mourinho explains in the club's official magazine, Chelsea magazine. "They occupy defenders, they open up space and they offer us something extra in games when we need to try to break down our opponents.

"But even if you have lots of very talented young boys, you still need to have players with experience who understand every situation in the game because they have been there before and they know what to expect.

"It is important to find the combination of youth and experience."

Mourinho is predicting one of his latest additions to the Chelsea squad will also prove a success in West London.

Mohamed Salah joined the Blues from FC Basel in January but has had to be patient for his chance to impress.

"I think he has the potential to be a very exciting player," Mourinho continues. "He has come from a different situation to most of the squad, because he was playing in Switzerland before he came here, and in Egypt before that, so he has to adapt to his surroundings here.

"He has incredible pace and he is comfortable receiving the ball in space, like a traditional winger, so he offers us another way to beat the defence."

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes

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