Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


To play with Cesc is the dream - Mourinho

16 September 2014, 08:57

London - Jose Mourinho has hailed Cesc Fabregas as the driving force behind Chelsea striker Diego Costa's blistering start to the season.

Costa has adapted seamlessly to life in the Premier League following his £32 million move from Atletico Madrid in the close-season and the Spain international took his goal tally to seven from just four matches with a hat-trick in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Swansea on Saturday.

Blues boss Mourinho is delighted with Costa's predatory finishing and combative style but he believes the probing passes of Spain midfielder Fabregas have been just as instrumental in the Brazil-born star's success.

Mourinho's decision to bring Fabregas back to the Premier League in a £27 million switch following an underwhelming spell at Barcelona is also paying early dividends, with the former Arsenal playmaker providing assists for two of Costa's goals against Swansea.

Now the dynamic duo will take their promising partnership into Europe for the first time on Wednesday when the Blues host Schalke in their opening Champions League Group G fixture and Mourinho expects Costa to benefit from more Fabregas magic against the German club.

"To play with Fabregas is the dream of every striker," Mourinho told Chelsea TV.

"The guy sees the movement, sees the pass, is not selfish, makes always the right choice."

Mourinho's praise must be music to Fabregas's ears but, publicly at least, he was keen to play down his own contribution when asked about his form and the link to Costa's flying start.

"Just trying to do my job. That's it," he said.

"We have a good team, strong, young, with a lot of courage. We showed it again against Swansea."

After bemoaning Chelsea's lack of cutting edge for much of last season, Mourinho has no complaints about the brilliant attacking play which has brought 15 goals in four games as the Blues raced to the top of the Premier League.

Chelsea would love to lay down an early marker in Europe as well after suffering a painful semi-final exit against Atletico Madrid last season.

They are firm favourites to qualify from a group also featuring Sporting Lisbon and Maribor.

But, unusually for a team managed by the traditionally cautious Mourinho, they have conceded five times in the last two games and the former Real Madrid manager admits he is trying to identify the cause of Chelsea's defensive malaise.

"I don't like (conceding), but we were analysing the goals against Everton and trying to identify the mistakes and we'll do the same thing with these two goals (against Swansea)," said Mourinho, who may be without Didier Drogba on Wednesday after the Ivory Coast striker suffered an ankle injury.

"If you score more goals than the opponent you win, but you want to be more consistent behind because it's not possible to always score four, five, six or three.

"There will come a time when we need a point and a 0-0 is a point or we need a victory and 1-0 is also a victory."

Schalke make the trip to west London with a point to prove after losing to Chelsea home and away in the Champions League group stages last season.

Jen Keller's men hardly had the ideal preparation for their revenge mission as they crashed to a dismal 4-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

That loss meant that for the first time in 46 years Schalke have failed to win any of their first four competitive games of a new season.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...