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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 22, 2006

Cudicini admits he had row with Mourinho

Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini revealed he had a civil 'confrontation' with coach Jose Mourinho over the decision not to recall him for the Champions League clash with Barcelona in Spain.

Cudicini makes his first European appearance this season when Chelsea face Werder Bremen tonight and is determined to fend off the challenge of Hilario and Magnus Hedman while Petr Cech recovers from his skull injury.

Cech sustained the horrific injury against Reading last month and the blow was worsened for Chelsea when Cudicini was concussed later in the same game.

Cudicini declared himself fit enough to face Barcelona in the Nou Camp but Mourinho kept faith with Hilario as the Blues earned a 2-2 draw.

The decision sparked rumours of a bust-up between Cudicini and the Portuguese coach, but the Chelsea goalkeeper made it clear that while he had confronted Mourinho over his decision there was no problem between the pair.

Cudicini said: 'We talked and I felt I was ready to play.

'Players are selfish and sometimes you think you are ready but you have coaches judging you and they thought I wasn't.

'Coaches are there to judge and see how a player is in that moment. They thought I wasn't 100% ready and preferred to play Hilario.

'So I talked to the manager and told him I thought I was ready but there was no fighting or shouting or anything like that.

'It was a confrontation and we talked. It is something I have done in the past two years with him, so it was nothing major.'

Now he is back in the side, Cudicini is determined to keep his place.

He said: 'I am feeling okay and now I have the chance to play more games and it is one I have to take.

'At a club like this you only play if you perform, so it is up to me and I know that.

'We have three goalkeepers and everyone is pushing to play. So I hope to keep my place and keep Hilario and Hedman behind me. But I know it won't be easy work.'

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