Mourinho reveals he is ‘happy’ with Premier League rule change as it gives him ‘more options’

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Jose Mourinho has declared himself happy with the latest Premier League rule change which will see managers and coaches being allowed to name nine substitutes.

The current rules only allow for seven to be named on the bench, with three able to come on throughout the 90 minutes.

From Match Week 14, Mourinho will be able to name an extra two among his substitutes, although he will still be limited to a maximum of three entering the match.

The latest push to up that number to five fell flat again this week, despite a few clubs campaigning for such a change (Guardian).

The extra two spots on the bench could come as a boost to the likes of Carlos Vinicius, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, all of whom have missed out on matchday squads regularly this season due to an abundance of options.

Mourinho claimed that this change would give him more options and is good for the quality of the game in general.

He said (Football London): “I accept what I have.

“They decide and I accept. If you ask if I’m happy with the change to nine, I have to say yes because it gives the coach more options.

“You will cover almost every position, or almost every position. There’s not the situation of having one defender on the bench who has to play right-back, centre-back or left-back.

“Everyone can have a centre-back, a full-back, two midfielders, two or three attackers, which is good for the group, the players individually and for the club.

“The club is paying for the players to travel and sit in the director’s box or in the stands without being named on the bench. It’s good for the quality of the game, you don’t need to make adaptations.

“It’s welcome. It doesn’t give any advantage to teams with more quality on the bench, it’s not about quality it’s about positions and covering.

“It’s good for everyone, probably apart from a couple not happy I would say everyone would be happy with that change.”

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