Reaction: Great start
news Tue 19 Aug 2014
John Terry, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have been reflecting on last night’s victory at Burnley, with the Blues scoring three quick first-half goals to turn the game on its head after falling behind early on, eventually running out 3-1 winners.
Terry scored the winner on our previous visit to Turf Moor, back in 2010, and the skipper paid tribute to our attacking play in the opening 45 minutes.
‘We knew it was going to be difficult but I thought some of the football we played in the first half, with the movement and some of the play for the goals, was a different class,’ he said.
‘Cesc’s pass for Schurrle was probably the pick of the bunch. It was a tough game but we saw it out in the second half.’
‘We’ve made some very big signings; Diego Costa held it up well and got on the scoresheet which is a great start for him. We’re hoping to win the Premier League, that’s our target this season.
‘It’s going to be very tough, we’ve seen some quality play over the weekend from many teams but it was important we picked up three points and now we move on to the next one.’
Having dropped points away from home last season in certain matches we would have been expected to win, Terry was delighted to overcome a tricky test against Sean Dyche’s side.
‘The manager wants us to play out from the back, he wants us to get the ball and move it but more importantly we dropped too many points away from home last season against the lesser sides and we had to go to Burnley, fight and want it more than them,’ explained the captain. ‘We had that but we also had plenty of possession and quality play.’
Hazard played all but the last seven minutes before being replaced by Didier Drogba, and the Belgian was impressed by the performances of our new players.
‘I don’t think Thibaut could touch the ball for their first goal but he had other things to do in the game and he did well, it was good for his first game in England,’ said the Belgian
‘They are all very good, Diego Costa is a striker who can score every time and Cesc Fabregas, who has played in the Premier League before, did very well.
‘Diego can score, and that is good for me, now I can concentrate on making passes for him.’
Fabregas, meanwhile, walked away with the man of the match award following a wonderful individual display, his first in the Premier League since leaving Arsenal three years ago.
The Spaniard dictated the tempo of the game alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield, and had a hand in all three of our goals.
‘You always want to do well, I love playing football and I think we have a very talented young team,’ said the 27-year-old. ‘I’m enjoying myself, everybody has treated me so well and I’m very happy. They’ve made it easy for me, I feel comfortable with the staff and players, we have a good connection so I’m expecting a good year in front of us.'