Final whistle verdict: Anything is possible
News Sat 4 Jan 2014
Not surprisingly given the astonishing final scoreline, there were some aspects of our play that pleased Jose Mourinho more than others.
6-3 is unlikely to be a result anybody would have anticipated prior to kick-off at Goodison Park, but that is how it ended after three first-half goals were supplemented by six more, including five in a crazy 10-minute spell, after the interval.
As he reflected on the highest-scoring Chelsea game he has ever overseen, the manager admitted not all had gone to plan but that he was extremely satisfied with our attacking game, which thus far has yielded 11 goals in three matches…
‘I don’t think anybody expects nine goals in a Premier League game between two top five teams from last season,’ said Mourinho. ‘But they played to win, they played to score, and we played to win, and we played to score. When you have two teams like that lots of goals are possible.
‘We made defensive mistakes. I don’t want to speak for Everton and Roberto [Martinez] but my team made defensive mistakes. I just said on Chelsea TV before I came down that it’s difficult to believe on Wednesday afternoon we trained for one-and-a-half hours and we did only two things: defensive corners and defensive lateral free-kicks.
‘Imagine how happy I am with the result of our work! It would have been better to give them Wednesday off and stay at home with my wife and kids!
‘When the opponent scores against us I want it to be because they were brilliant or because they did something that was difficult to control. We made four defensive mistakes: for the three goals, despite them being great finishes, and when Courtois made a fantastic save with the result at 4-3.’
Despite defensive deficiencies, there was plenty to admire when we were on the attack
‘The quality of our football was fantastic. Every time we had the ball we were aggressive, every time we had the ball we were dangerous. On the counter-attack and in organised football we were very good with the ball.
‘I want the team to play the way we did and be positive. At half-time we were winning 2-1 and I was telling them that against a team like Everton you cannot sit back and defend for 45 minutes. You have to try to hurt them and score goals. Our team is very positive.’
Diego Costa scored two fine goals and was also booked in the second half
‘He produced a fantastic performance in every aspect,’ enthused Mourinho. ‘I remember in the first half he was tackling Coleman on the edge of our box. He recovered balls, he held the ball up, and he was aggressive.
‘He came face to face with Howard three times and he scored two goals. Howard made a good save in the beginning of the second half. His movement, his quality – everything was really good.
‘The only thing I didn’t like in this game, apart from some defensive mistakes, was the way some Everton players were trying to give problems to Diego. I don’t think this is English football, and I think it’s a contradiction with the Everton team because they are a positive side in every aspect of the game. To be chasing cards with a player that once more had good behaviour, and was just here to play football and to win the match, is disappointing.
‘The end of the story is that Diego is maybe the best player in the league in these first three matches. He is the top scorer, and he has two yellow cards: one against Burnley where he didn’t simulate, and today when everybody was chasing him to get him in trouble.’