Jan 19, 2015

    'Perfect' Chelsea delight Mourinho


    JOSE Mourinho says Chelsea produced the "perfect" performance after a 5-0 win away to Swansea City on Saturday saw them extend their lead at the top of the English Premier League.

    Oscar and Diego Costa both scored twice in the first half at the Liberty Stadium to leave Chelsea 4-0 up before the break, and substitute Andre Schurrle added a fifth goal 11 minutes from time.

    The victory saw Chelsea move five points clear of Manchester City at the summit, ahead of the champions' match at home to Arsenal last night.

    "It was a perfect performance," said Chelsea manager Mourinho, whose side made light of a potentially awkward encounter in South Wales. "The way everything went our way was just perfect."

    While Chelsea scored five goals, their Portuguese boss praised the Blues' defence, saying: "I thought the team played very well. (John Terry, Branislav) Ivanovic, they all played well. They were solid defensively and the team showed real ambition.

    "The team has a clear identity. Sometimes you have good teams who play well, but without a clear identity. This team has been going in a certain direction and with a certain identity," Mourinho added.

    "I am pleased with that. However, I keep saying that if you play fantastically well but don't win trophies, in 20 years' time, nobody will remember you. Yes, we are playing well, but we have to win competitions."

    He insisted that Chelsea's latest victory has not made Manchester City's task against Arsenal at Eastlands more difficult for Manuel Pellegrini's men.

    "I don't think Man City feel pressure. Like them, we have to win every game. We feel the responsibility."

    Chelsea led inside a minute through Oscar and were rarely tested in the one-sided game, with their display labelled "devastating" by Swansea manager Garry Monk. However, the Swans boss said his side had made life too easy for the visitors.

    "It was a horrible performance," said Monk. "It was way off the standards we've been used to, especially at home. It is very difficult to make the kind of mistakes we made and to win a game.

    "We had to be perfect today (Saturday) and we were far from it. It was our worst performance of the season and we're all hurting. I can only apologise. It's my responsibility."

    Wins for Southampton, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool meant that there was little material change in the race for the Champions League places, although Arsenal slipped to sixth ahead of their match against City.