Chelsea won the second match of the season 2-0 against Leicester City.
However, a solid result saw an unconvincing first half display. Jose Mourinho admitted to that the Blues were “slow” in the first half.
After a goalless first half, new addition Diego Costa and last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year Eden Hazard netted for the Blues
Chelsea manager Mourinho admitted a change in attitude sparked a much-improved Chelsea display after the interval, even though his side had a scare when
“We didn’t play well first half,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“Leicester showed great defensive intensity, and came with fast transitions, trying to scare us on the counter-attack.
“We were a bit slow – slow moving the ball, slow thinking – and we needed to change. Sometimes you don’t need to change players, just your attitude towards the game. And we did that.
“So the second half was completely under control. However, I don’t forget that they had a good chance with the score at 0-0 – a critical moment in the game – but we had so many chances, so much good football, so many occasions to score. I think, obviously, we deserved the victory.”
Courtois had a good game and was assured in goal. There was a particular highlight when he had to save one-on-one from David Nugent. Mourinho praised his new number one goalkeeper’s alertness.
“That’s what Petr did so many times in this club year after year, so it’s nothing new for us.It’s important at a big club to have the kind of goalkeeper who’s almost sleeping during the match, and suddenly in the right moment he says ‘yes, I’m here’ Thibaut did this, the same way Petr did so many times for us.”
Diego Costa has now scored two goals in two matches, and the manager was quick to praise him as well.
“He’s a striker, and strikers live on goals. He can play better than he did today, the same as us as a team, but he scored – and at a critical moment. We were getting stronger and more intense, and Leicester were looking in trouble, but it’s important that you have a striker that goes there and puts the ball in the net.”
Costa was replaced in the 80th minute by club legend and summer addition Didier Drogba. He came on to a a standing ovation at the Bridge.
“For me, to work with him (Drogba) again is emotional – whether playing or scoring, it doesn’t matter,” added Mourinho. “Just having him back and having the pleasure and the honour to work with him is enough. The reality is he helps the team a lot. Today if the score is not 1-0, 2-0, I would have put him together with Diego. And I’m sure Didier will get his form, step by step.”