Mourinho hails 'fantastic' Chelsea but refuses to discuss John Terry red

Pedro marked his debut with a fine opening goal as the Blues recorded their first victory of the new season in difficult conditions at West Brom, who are now bottom of the league

Jose Mourinho heaped praise on his “fantastic” Chelsea side following a hard-fought 3-2 win at West Brom, but refused to be drawn on John Terry’s red card.

Chelsea scored three times in the first half, following Thibaut Courtois’s early penalty save but were forced to hold on with 10 men as Terry was dismissed for a last-man challenge on Salomon Rondon.

And although Morrison netted twice following his spot-kick miss, the Blues held on to claim their first victory of the season.

Mourinho said: “They [Chelsea] played very well.

“Fantastic performance. We looked always dangerous, those three goals, they were short for the chances we created, the football we played.

“Then with ten men, the spirit, the possession, the fight in defensive areas and the intelligence to keep the ball in dangerous areas. More than happy.”

Mourinho visibly laughed at Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send off Terry but avoided questions when pressed on the incident by reporters.

He added: “I don’t think [about the Terry sending off]. I prefer not to think, I prefer to do what I’m doing and what I try to do since the beginning of the championship which is to focus on the game.”

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