Mourinho: Schürrle 'fundamental' in Chelsea win
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
José Mourinho singled out André Schürrle for praise after Chelsea FC made up for their matchday one loss with a "solid" display against a "too naive" FC Steaua Bucureşti.
Article top media content
Laurenţiu Reghecampf, Steaua coach
We were too naive. We didn't manage to win the second ball, while they profited from every opportunity they had. Their first two goals were gifts on our part and it's hard at this level if you don't do on the pitch what you speak about beforehand. We knew they were extremely dangerous on the counterattack and we were too naive. We have to focus and to win the first match [of back-to-back games] against Basel.
We have to have another attitude. We don't have time to single people out. The entire team has to take the blame, not only [Daniel] Georgievski. Chelsea were far better than us, that's obvious. I'm not pleased – there were plenty of things I didn't like, such as a lack of aggression and not pressing our opponents, but I'm sure our attitude will be different in the next match.
José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
The result was obviously very good. The performance was also very solid. We kept control of the game and the result and we played good football with intelligence and maturity away from home.
We needed to clean up what we did at home [losing 2-1 to FC Basel 1893 on matchday one] and we did it with a good performance. Now we have three points from two matches. Basel lost and now have the same points as us, so Schalke have the advantage, but we now have two fixtures against them. We are going to do it [qualify for the last 16]. This result is important because we had to win.
[André] Schürrle was fundamental. We identified what we had to do to penetrate their defence. He was the man for that. He was in the position where we knew we could [have success] and we played from there. We always had control of game. We scored four and probably could have scored six or seven because we played really well.