FINAL WHISTLE THOUGHTS: SHOWING STYLE
Jose Mourinho feels the team continued its pre-season progress in our 4-1 win over the Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Three first-half goals, all scored by youngsters, put us firmly in control before Victor Moses added a late fourth, with our hosts pulling one back in injury time.
The first question the Portuguese was asked after the game was on the fitness of Kevin De Bruyne, who injured himself while scoring our second goal. He was happy to report encouraging news.
'When he was on the floor and asking for a change everybody thought the worst, but the first assessment by the doctor is that [it is not] ligaments, and if it's something in the meniscus it has to be a very small injury, so we believe it is not an important injury and hopefully it isn't because the kid is a fantastic player. A kid, but a man on the pitch. Hopefully it's nothing important and he will be ready soon.
'The doctor wants to do some control tomorrow, and after tomorrow if necessary he will go to London. But the doctor's feeling, and I trust him a lot because he is very experienced, is that it's nothing important and during the next week here he can recover.'
Mourinho felt we were better in the first half than the second, but was able to explain why he thought this was.
'In the second half the game was different, they made too many changes, stopped the game 20 times and the game lost a lot,' he said. 'But in the first half we played very good football against a good team putting pressure on us in the first phase of building from the back, and counter-attacking with speed and creativity.
'They created us problems and it was good for us to resolve the problems. It was entertaining for the public. We showed the style of football we want to play and the first half was very good.
'Even if you try to make a balance and play two good teams, the team that starts the game has more time to warm up and prepare, and starts with a 0-0, so they have better conditions to have a good individual performance.'
Mourinho used this reason to explain why Demba Ba will start up front in our next game in Indonesia, despite Romelu Lukaku scoring in Kuala Lumpur and turning in an impressive display.
'The next match in Jakarta, Demba will start the game,' said the manager. 'Lukaku started these two and Demba will start in Jakarta. They are learning to play the way I want. Every manager has his own ideas and [Lukaku] is very open to learn the kind of movement we want. His role was good because it's a movement we want him to do, not just playing in between the central defenders.
'I'm happy because it's part of our training process. We trained against the Thailand team and against the Malaysia XI. It's a training session when we can put into practice what we practice every day. Because training sessions are closed you cannot feel what we are transferring to the matches, but I can, and I see things on a defensive and attacking point of view that we are training. That's important for me, and for the players to trust the methodology.
'In this moment we are not worried with results, but worried with results because winning is part of a team's DNA. The desire to respect your club and your fans, in this case in Asia, is part of our DNA and if we can win matches we will win matches. We don't have six points but we will try to win again in Jakarta and go home with a good feeling.'
Mourinho was also asked about Bertrand Traore, the scorer of our first goal, a 17-year-old Burkina Faso international who is on trial with the club.
'We want to keep him but have to wait until he becomes 18 to try to get a permit for him,' he explained. 'If not possible we have to let him go on loan somewhere. We have the guarantee that he plays for his national team. This fact, I think, sooner or later, the committee has to give him a permit to play in England.
'His country is one of the most important in African football at this moment. If he plays in the African cup they will be a moment where he gets his permit and it's fantastic to come here and play for Chelsea, and to play well.'