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Chelsea wins first game of the season, Mourinho admits difficulty

August 23, 2015 by  
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BPL day 3: WBA 2-3 Chelsea

Chelsea won their first BPL game of the 2015-16 but it was not easy. Pedro made his debut and also scored for his first game in the Premier League

Mourinho comments on the win, Terry’s red card, and Pedro’s phenomenal debut:

on the 3-2 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.’

On Pedro: 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 to understand the team and for the team to try to understand what he wants and needs. It was a very good performance.’

On Terry who got sent off:

‘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.’

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