Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that he was happy with the team performance after he saw his side narrowly overcome West Brom 3-2.
A debut goal from Pedro, as well as first half strikes from Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta, were enough to seal a first Premier League win of the season fo the Blues, despite a brace from West Brom’s James Morrison, who also had a penalty saved by the returning Thibaut Courtois early on.
Mourinho, however, said that despite making things difficult for themselves, his side deserved the win:
“We deserved it.
“It was difficult but we deserved it.
“3-1 was short with 11 against 11, and with the chances we created, the space we found, and the way we attacked their defensive line.
‘Then with one player less – we are getting experience of that – we adapted well but they scored to make it 3-2. We had the best chances to score the next goal.
“I’m happy we controlled the game well, and I’m happy with the spirit because the players really wanted to win.”
The Portuguese also commented on the performance of new signing Pedro, who was good on the eye at the Hawthorns. The £22 million signing grabbed a goal and an assist on his Blues debut, and his new manager has only heaped on more praise, and encouragement:
“He’s a very good player.
“There is always a question mark because of how many top players come to England and don’t perform immediately.
“We have examples in our club and there are lots of examples at other clubs, so it’s very nice for him to come and straight away perform the way he did.
“I expected him to perform like that because he had a good pre-season, and he played three competitive matches. He came with minutes, with intensity, so it was not a question of intensity and condition, it was a question of understanding.
“We worked tactically every day since he arrived for him to try understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance.”
John Terry was however dismissed my referee Mark Clattenburg for bringing down Salomon Rondon, which capped off a somewhat misrable week for the Blues captain after he substituted against Manchester City last week.
But Mourinho has said the red card is irrelevant as he pushes on with the season:
“I prefer to focus on us.
“To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game – some you can see, others we can see, so many things.
“I have to do what is in my hands which is to train. We have to train 10 against 11. We have done it a couple of times already in Canada.
“We have to do it more because we have to know what to do with 10 men when you are winning, or losing, or chasing a result.
“The difference between today and Swansea was exactly that. Against Swansea we had 10 and we wanted to change the result, and today we had 10 and we wanted to keep the result.
“We must have clear ideas about it so it’s something we have to do in training, and that is the only thing in our hands.”