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Final whistle verdict: The perfect game

Solid at the back and clinical going forward, Jose Mourinho had plenty to be pleased about as he assessed our emphatic 5-0 victory in South Wales after the game.

The Blues were ahead in the blink of an eye through Oscar, the same man who had opened the scoring in our victory over Newcastle last weekend.

Diego Costa then twice finished clinically and after his second, and our third, Oscar almost immediately made it four with a brilliant strike, taking a pass from his fellow scorer in his stride and thrashing the ball in.

Substitute Andre Schurrle capped the victory with goal number five, leaving Mourinho to reflect on a fine away day and plenty more besides…

‘It was the perfect game,’ the manager said. ‘Everything went in our direction.

‘To score in the first minute immediately gives a different game. To be 4-0 up at half-time is not game over, especially in the Premier League, but it’s a good situation to control it and we did that in the second half.’

Oscar and Diego Costa netted two goals apiece before the half-time whistle
‘I prefer to say the team played very well. The team was solid defensively and in attack obviously they took chances and were aggressive in the way they thought. They had ambition.’

An exquisite team move was finished by Diego Costa for his first and our second of the afternoon
‘It’s the way we play. I was on the bench saying it was a similar goal in terms of principles to the one we scored against Burnley in the first game of the season.

‘The team is playing with high quality and with a clear identity of playing. Sometimes teams are good and play well but without a clear identity. This team all season have been trying to go in a certain direction where we have a certain kind of way to play football.

‘There is no history without titles. If we play fantastically well but we don’t win cups I think in 20 years’ time nobody will remember this team. Obviously everybody wants the team to play very well – I am the first one - but we have to win competitions.

‘This team is a young team with lots of years in front of them. We are trying this season and we are going to try until our limits to make some history by winning something.’

Swansea had players missing and Mourinho acknowledged that helped us
‘It’s fair to say this game was difficult to prepare for them without three players in the same position. To play without Shelvey, Britton and Ki would be the same as us playing without Fabregas, Matic and Mikel.

‘In that area of the pitch it’s important for them because they are a team that want to play football and wants to play out from the back. When you don’t have these players with the routine and the dynamic they normally have it’s a problem.

‘After that we were clever. We pressed them in that area, they lost possession there, we were aggressive after recovering the ball and we killed the game in the first half.

‘If I was in that position I would like the other manager to say that it’s not easy to prepare a game without three important midfield players.’

Swansea manager Garry Monk revealed he apologised to Mourinho after the game because of his team’s performance
‘I’m happy with that!’ our boss responded. ‘I know what he means. I also lost 5-0 - not many times - and it’s hard. There are matches as a manager where you feel you can’t do anything and the match is out of your control. You know you are never going to win the game and that is a frustration.’

Petr Cech kept goal again and Mourinho gave an update on Thibaut Courtois’ finger
‘It is better, much better but if you have an injury in your finger - even if you are ready to play - you don’t train the same way.

‘During the week you protect the injury you have so I had no doubts in making the choice. I was happy with Petr’s performance, he’s confident and at the top of his potential.’

We extend our lead at the top to five points, at least until Man City play Arsenal tomorrow
‘I don’t think they feel the pressure. They have to win; we knew that we had to win. We don’t feel the pressure; we feel the responsibility and the ambition. A team like them, with the experience they have, I don’t think it’s a problem.’

The January transfer window remains open with speculation regarding Mohamed Salah’s future
‘He can’t leave. I have 20 players. Today, with Didier a bit ill and Azpilicueta injured, I had here all my players with young Ake in the stands.

‘I have a very short squad and I need everybody. For Salah to leave somebody has to come, and I don’t think we are going to let Salah go on loan and buy a £50 million player.’

We return to action on Tuesday against Liverpool at Anfield
‘Our next game is always the biggest game. We have that game on Tuesday and the Capital One Cup becomes the most important competition, it’s as simple as that.’

Mourinho’s opposite number Monk was left dejected by his team’s showing, as he explained…

‘It was a horrible performance in the first 45 minutes,’ said the Swans boss. ‘To make those mistakes and coupled with the fact we were doing it against a side like Chelsea you will only get punished.

‘I said to Jose I’m sorry I couldn’t give him a game today. All credit to them. I said at the start of the season they were my favourites to win the league and I don’t see any difference today.’

- A clip of Jose Mourinho talking to Chelsea TV after the game can be viewed below, with the full interview available now in Video on Demand, subject to Fan Club Plus membership. 

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