Chelsea manager José Mourinho says World Cup will miss Ibrahimovic & Bale
The Blues manager has expressed his sadness World Cup will not be the same without some of football's top stars.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale are two of the most expensive players in world football, but neither will be in Brazil after Sweden and Wales failed to qualify.
Injuries too have taken their toll, with a knee injury ruling out Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, while Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is a major doubt after also suffering a knee problem in January. Roma and Holland midfielder Kevin Strootman is another who will miss out on this summer’s showpiece event.
"In every World Cup there are a few big players that everyone would like to see there, and for different reasons they aren't there," Mourinho told Yahoo!.
"Zlatan? Everybody would love to see him there, but Sweden couldn't make it."
"Gareth Bale is another fantastic player that I think everybody would enjoy seeing there, but Wales also couldn't qualify."
"There are others. I have in my team the best goalkeeper in the world (Cech) and he's not at the World Cup," completed the Portuguese.