Jose confident of progress

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to his Chelsea side and predicted they would go on to reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after beating Steaua Bucharest 4-0 away from home.

Last Updated: 02/10/13 at 08:58 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Delighted with Chelsea's performance in Bucharest

Jose Mourinho: Delighted with Chelsea's performance in Bucharest

Mourinho had acknowledged before kick-off that his team needed a good result after losing at home to Basel in their opening Group E game, and they bounced back in style in Romania.

Ramires scored twice and there was also an own goal from Daniel Georgievski and a late Frank Lampard strike on a morale-boosting night for the Blues.

"I think we are going to qualify," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "Today's result is important because if we don't win we are under pressure.

"We have to control the situation and make points against Schalke and then beat Basel and Steaua."

Mourinho was full of praise for his side with winger Andre Schurrle producing his best performance since his summer move from Bayer Leverkusen.

"The result is very good. The points and the goals also," he said.

"From the first minute it was very good. From the first minute we kept control of the game. We played good football with intelligence and maturity.

"We needed to clean what we did at home (against Basel) and we did it with a good result and performance.

"Now we are not in a dramatic situation, we are in a close situation."

Fernando Torres had to go off after just 11 minutes with a knee injury that will need to be assessed, but Mourinho is hopeful that he will not be out for too long, having already lost Marco van Ginkel to a long-term knee problem this season.

"We have to wait for tomorrow for a scan," he said. "I hope it is not dramatic like Van Ginkel.

"I thought it was an ankle injury when he slid in. Hopefully it is not so dramatic."

Mourinho also defended the Football Association's decision not to retrospectively punish Torres following an incident involving Jan Vertonghen during the weekend's 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

"It doesn't surprise me," said Mourinho, who offered another thinly-veiled barb at Vertonghen.

"The FA represents English football and in England they never punish on emotion.

"They punish when you don't respect the integrity of game by simulating."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Christian Benteke closing on Aston Villa comeback

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is edging closer to a first-team comeback, manager Paul Lambert has revealed.

Transfer News: Peter Crouch could earn new Stoke contract as QPR maintain interest

Mark Hughes is open to rewarding Peter Crouch with a new contract at Stoke as QPR remain interested in the striker.

Premier League: Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign.

Mail Box

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property