Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Stoke

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 2 - 3 Chelsea

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Mourinho: Courtois save key

Jose Mourinho admitted Chelsea were "slow" in the first half against Leicester and praised Thibaut Courtois' alertness.

Last Updated: 24/08/14 at 08:37 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Congratulates Diego Costa on goal

Jose Mourinho: Congratulates Diego Costa on goal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Chelsea are top of the early Premier League table after two games played, having followed up Monday's 3-1 win at Burnley with a 2-0 triumph over Nigel Pearson's Foxes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Diego Costa (63) and Eden Hazard (77) netted for the Blues to deliver back-to-back victories at the start of the new campaign.

Chelsea manager Mourinho admitted a change in attitude sparked a much-improved Chelsea display after the interval, even though his side had a scare when Courtois - now installed as first choice ahead of Petr Cech - had to save one-on-one from David Nugent.

"We didn’t play well first half," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "Leicester showed great defensive intensity, and came with fast transitions, trying to scare us on the counter-attack.

"We were a bit slow - slow moving the ball, slow thinking - and we needed to change. Sometimes you don't need to change players, just your attitude towards the game. And we did that.

"So the second half was completely under control. However, I don't forget that they had a good chance with the score at 0-0 - a critical moment in the game - but we had so many chances, so much good football, so many occasions to score. I think, obviously, we deserved the victory."

On the subject of that Courtois save, Mourinho added: "That’s what Petr did so many times in this club year after year, so it's nothing new for us.

"It's important at a big club to have the kind of goalkeeper who's almost sleeping during the match, and suddenly in the right moment he says 'yes, I’m here'.

"Thibaut did this, the same way Petr did so many times for us."

Costa has begun his Chelsea career in impressive goalscoring form, and Mourinho expects the Spain striker to get even better.

"He's a striker, and strikers live on goals," continued the Blues boss. "He can play better than he did today, the same as us as a team, but he scored - and at a critical moment.

"We were getting stronger and more intense, and Leicester were looking in trouble, but it’s important that you have a striker that goes there and puts the ball in the net."

Costa was replaced in the 80th minute by club legend Didier Drogba, resulting in a standing ovation at the Bridge.

"For me, to work with him (Drogba) again is emotional - whether playing or scoring, it doesn't matter," added Mourinho. "Just having him back and having the pleasure and the honour to work with him is enough.

"The reality is he helps the team a lot. Today if the score is not 1-0, 2-0, I would have put him together with Diego. And I'm sure Didier will get his form, step by step."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company