Speaking to Chelsea website and with two days to go to Walsall game José Mourinho analysed the moment of the team after the victory with Arsenal:
“I know that we had very good things. I saw some things back in the team, some qualities, but the same way two defeats don’t kill a team, I don’t think two victories bring the team to the top. Let’s go match after match and try to get a result on Wednesday.
“I liked that the team was compact, everybody was defending, the attacking players made a fantastic contribution in that defensive work. In the first minute, we lost some passes, you could feel still a little bit of not great confidence to play, but after that we got back the stability, moving the ball well and good positional play.
Mourinho also expressed his opinion on Diego Costa:
“To play against an attacking player that is aggressive, that goes to every ball, that fights for every ball, that is physical, is difficult. We have lots of these players in this country and it is difficult to play against them.
“It is difficult to play against him, it is difficult to play against Wayne Rooney, Christian Benteke, Luis Suarez or Gonzalo Higuain. It is difficult to play against people with this aggression, people that want to score but when they lose the ball want to press, want to defend and compete for every ball. It’s because of these players that football is what football is, with so much passion around it, because they create passion.”
Maybe this is the reason why Diego is really popular among the rest of the squad and Chelsea fans.
“When you work the way he did [against Arsenal] – his movement, his creation – he was fantastic. He is popular, it is normal that he is popular. He is a great guy, he is a great professional, he likes to win.’