Jose Mourinho was very much the happy one after a performance against Steaua Bucharest that he considered the most complete of the season so far.
Having seen the way the team started the match in Romania, the Chelsea manager felt positive from the first minute of the game and although a 4-0 win has everyone talking about the attacking aspect of the display, he saw the defence do their job equally as well.
‘I put a lot of pressure on the players for this game, and they coped well with that pressure,’ Mourinho said.
‘They accepted it and used it as motivation. I put that pressure on them because we have to do everything we can to keep Chelsea playing in the Champions League, but also I think that pressure is the way they can grow up faster.
‘When you play for a big club you need to have big challenges and it is the way to accelerate the process, and I am happy because they coped very well. In attacking areas we had beautiful moments in the game but everything started at the back. Ivanovic, David Luiz, who made zero mistakes all game, Terry and Cole gave us stability and from there the team could cope with the situation.
‘Against Hull we were strong first half; against Tottenham in the second half we were fantastic and when losing and that is more difficult. Against Fulham were strong second half too but this is the match when people played more confidently from minute one.’
Mourinho was again complementary about Juan Mata and had praise for Andre Schurrle…
‘Mata played the no. 10 position and the no. 7 position and he played very good with the ball as he always does, and he is playing very good without the ball like he never did.
‘This was Schurrle’s best position, on the left . Other matches he played on the right where he was trying to deliver but he is a different player than on the right. He was a lot in the game, getting the ball at his feet and in space to attack the defender and he was very strong.
‘I understand Andre Schurrle was man of the match from UEFA but I am very happy with every one of my players.’
Fernando Torres will have a scan on Wednesday on the knee injury that forced the striker out of the game after just 10 minutes.
‘Our doctor is confident it is not a big injury like Van Ginkel’s, but we will have to wait for the scans,’ said Mourinho.
‘Torres knows that he doesn’t play against Norwich [due to suspension]. Then he knows he doesn’t go with the national team so he has time before the next game he can play, against Cardiff. Let’s see the scan.
‘It is a pity for the guy because he is in a very good moment physically and he played fantastic against Tottenham, and he played today because he deserved to start. It is a pity but that is football.’
On the state of the Champions League group campaign after the first three points won…
‘If we didn’t win today we were in trouble. We have cleared a little bit the fact that we lost the first game but everything is there. We finish the group with a game at home, that is an advantage, but at this moment I don’t want to think about finishing first, I want to think about qualifying for the next stage. After that we will see.’