December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea took a significant step towards the Champions League knockout stage following a 3-0 win at Schalke.
The Blues suffered an opening-night 2-1 loss to Basel at Stamford Bridge to immediately complicate their bid to go through.
But a Fernando Torres double, plus a late Eden Hazard strike, secured a battling victory to send Chelsea ahead of their rivals and to the top of Group E.
It followed a 4-0 win at Steaua Bucharest last time out and Mouriho believes his side are now in the box seat.
“I told players after match against Basel we did garbage and we have to clean it,” he told Sky Sports 2.
“We did it in the best possible way - two away wins and leading the group.
“We now have two matches at home. We are in a good position to qualify.”
Mourinho was reluctant to single out the performance of Torres, who could have had a hat-trick after crashing a header off the crossbar.
Instead the Portuguese believes, after Samuel Eto’o scored his first Chelsea goal in the weekend 4-1 win over Cardiff, that his strikers are starting to fire.
“I prefer to say we have strikers who can work for the team and can also score goals,” he said.
“Them [Torres and Eto’o] and Demba [Ba] are players with enough quality to play for us and succeeed for us.”
Speaking of Torres, he added: “He’s a hard worker. He’s not someone who hangs behind the fee Chelsea paid for him.”
Torres admitted he was feeling “very sharp” after his double.
“As a team we are feeling much better,” he said.
“The last few games I feel very sharp and well.”
The Spaniard also welcomed the competition in the striker’s position.
“This is going to happen all season hopefully. We have three very good struikers,” he said.
“Hopefully all of us can score goals. When we have the chance we have to score goals. This competition for the striker’s position is very healthy.”