Mourinho lauds ‘fantastic’ display

jose-mourinho-#cfcJose Mourinho heaped praise on his “impressive” Chelsea team for crushing Schalke 5-0 in Gelsenkirchen to cruise into the knockout stages of the Champions League.

An early goal from John Terry put Schalke – now managed by former Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo – firmly on the back foot and Willian promptly doubled up before Jan Kirchhoff scored an own goal to give Chelsea a 3-0 lead heading into the break.

Mourinho’s men were rampant in the second half, too, with Didier Drogba’s 50th Champions League goal arriving two minutes before Ramires wrapped up the scoring.

Drogba and Schürrle React To Schalke Win

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Didier Drogba, Chelsea forward
We played very well. We are now top of the group and have qualified, so it was a very good night. I scored my 50th goal in Europe, as I just found out. That’s a great milestone. I still remember my first goal with Marseille against Real Madrid [4-2 in September 2003]. Now, more than ten years later I scored number 50 – it’s incredible!

Fabregas Post Match Reaction: “I think it was a brilliant performance”

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I think we approached the game in a very consistent way. We were very aggressive from the beginning. I think we played great in the first five minutes. We scored two quick goals and that helped a lot in the end because we controlled the game as we wanted – whether quick or slow, we controlled the tempo, so I think it was a brilliant performance.

I certainly did enjoy it, but I think everyone did. We’re playing good football, we’re confident and I think we know what to do. We can defend, we can attack and the team seems really composed. That’s what it’s all about and hopefully we can keep playing this way.

Chelsea Thrash Schalke To Wrap Up Champions League Group

stamford-bridgeChelsea will go through to the round of 16 as Group G winners after equalling their record UEFA Champions League away victory at FC Schalke 04.

The Premier League leaders scored with virtually their first attack of the game as Eden Hazard threaded the ball through for Diego Costa. The Spain striker cut inside before seeing his attempt well saved by Ralf Fährmann, but the resulting corner proved fatal for the hosts as John Terry rose to head in Cesc Fàbregas’ delivery.

Mourinho: Don’t ask me to speak about Roberto Di Matteo

di matteo celebratesJose Mourinho is not motivated by the thought of matching Roberto Di Matteo’s achievement of winning the Champions League with Chelsea.

Mourinho said his focus is instead on building his next great team at Stamford Bridge, one that is capable of challenging for the trophy that has so far eluded him during his time in west London.

The Portuguese, who delivered Champions League titles while in charge at Porto and Inter Milan, has so far not been able to repeat the feat with Chelsea, whose one and only success in the competition came under Di Matteo’s stewardship in 2012.

Mourinho: Chelsea’s unbeaten start reminds me of my 100-point season at Real Madrid

mourinhoThe Blues’ 2-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday means they have now played 12 games in the league this term without defeat.

Jose Mourinho paused as he thought about the last time one of his sides exploded out of the blocks as spectacularly as his current Chelsea team.

“Maybe Madrid, when we got to 100 points in the league.” he said. “I don’t remember but maybe that one.

“Maybe the second season at Chelsea when we won the title for the second time. I think we also had a very good start to that season.”

Mourinho Happy With Win And Performance

jose-mourinho-#cfcJose Mourinho may be sorry for criticising the Stamford Bridge atmosphere but it appeared to have the desired response, with the Chelsea manager amazed by the difference against West Brom.

At the start of November, the Portuguese risked the ire of his own supporters by saying it felt like the Blues were playing at an “empty stadium” when near neighbours QPR visited.

It was an assessment subsequently backed by many a Chelsea fan and seemingly acted as a catalyst to a much-improved atmosphere for West Brom’s visit on Saturday.

Chelsea Stroll To Win Over West Brom

diego-costaChelsea’s title charge shows no signs of abating, with West Brom the latest side swatted away by Jose Mourinho’s men as the Blues won 2-0.

It may only be November but few look capable of preventing the west Londoners from lifting the Premier League trophy aloft at the end of the season.

West Brom were the Blues’ latest victims, with first-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard securing Chelsea a victory that was far more dominant than the 2-0 scoreline suggests.

Mow Says Cech Going Nowhere

Petr Cech dives to keep out  Bastian Schweinsteiger's penaltyJose Mourinho has said that any speculation about Petr Cech’s future has come from “Mickey Mouse” websites and blogs, and that he has received no offers for the goalkeeper.

Cech, 32, has been relegated to the bench this season as Thibaut Courtois has replaced him as the Blues’ No. 1. The Czech international’s fall out of favour at Stamford Bridge has led to reports that Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Arsenal are all interested in signing him.

However, Mourinho scotched such rumours at his news conference ahead of Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

Mourinho: Diego Costa ‘totally recovered’ from injury woes

diego-costaJose Mourinho says Diego Costa is fully fit after being given the international week off by Spain, although the Chelsea manager is waiting on the fitness of Cesc Fabregas ahead of Saturday’s home match against West Brom.

Costa had been plagued by a recurring hamstring problem in the first two months of the season, which led to Spain eventually acquiescing to Mourinho’s public wish that the striker be given time off.

“Diego has totally recovered,” the Portuguese told his pregame news conference on Friday. “But we go match after match. Diego has four yellow cards. Am I going to protect him? No way. He plays. When he’s fit, he plays.