Manager sees light at the end of the tunnel.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident that the club can progress from their Champions League group after securing a 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday night, Sky Sports reports.
Mourinho had pointed out before the game that a good performance was needed after the shock opening day defeat to Swiss side FC Basle, and they managed to bounce back in dramatic fashion in Romania.
Ramires bagged himself a brace, and there was also an own goal from Daniel Georgievski before a late Frank Lampard strike on a morale-boosting night for the Blues.
The result left Mourinho in a particularly bullish mood.
“I think we are going to qualify,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “Today’s result is important because if we don’t win we are under pressure.
“We have to control the situation and make points against Schalke and then beat Basel and Steaua.”
The special one admitted that he was highly impressed with his side after new forward Andre Schurrle gave his best performance since signing on from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.
“The result is very good. The points and the goals also,” he said.
“From the first minute it was very good. From the first minute we kept control of the game. We played good football with intelligence and maturity.
“We needed to clean what we did at home (against Basel) and we did it with a good result and performance.
“Now we are not in a dramatic situation, we are in a close situation.”
However, it wasn’t all peaches and cream as striker Fernando Torres was forced off after just 11 minutes with a knee injury that will be assessed upon the side’s return to London, and Mourinho will be hoping that it is not bad news after already losing Marco Van Ginkel to a similar problem just last month.
“We have to wait for tomorrow for a scan,” he said. “I hope it is not dramatic like Van Ginkel.
“I thought it was an ankle injury when he slid in. Hopefully it is not so dramatic.”