Good team performance, good result and qualification to the Champions League knockout phase as a result. Everything went according to plan for Chelsea in yesterday's game against Porto at Stamford Bridge.
Three of our Brazilians stopped by to speak with Brazilian TV after the match, taking stock of our performance and looking ahead to the knockout round.
"At least at this stage [in the Champions League] you can get opponents that aren't so strong, since you can 'postpone' facing them."
-Ramires; Source: ESPN Brasil
Gent, for example, would certainly be more preferable than the likes of Juventus of Paris Saint-Germain.
Along with the rest of our attacking players, Oscar also had a strong performance, resembling last season's efforts as he could be seen popping up all over the pitch, both in attack and defense. For the 24-year-old, as for most observers, the score could have been more lopsided had Chelsea not wasted so many chances to score:
"If we play the way we know how to, we will play the way we did [yesterday]. It could have been three, four, five-nil; we wasted many chances. We have to keep on playing this way."
-Oscar; Source: ESPN Brasil
One of the players with the most focus from the media and the public, Diego Costa also had a good performance, especially when compared to his previous outings this season (perhaps a result of Mourinho's "tactical talks"?). Costa said the Porto result will give the Blues more confidence ahead of their Premier League match against Leicester.
"I think [yesterday]'s game was very important to give the group more confidence. We come into a season that hasn't been good, and the supporters expected [a win] so we entered the pitch with a different mentality. The team played well, that's important. So we know that in our next game, we need to get on the pitch with the same attitude that we had because this is the way for things to become calm again."
-Diego Costa; Source: ESPN Brasil
Next up are Leicester City, the league leaders, but if Mourinho and his team could figure out and neutralize Julen Lopetegui's Porto, it's not unreasonable to think that we could do the same to contain Mahrez, Vardy and the rest of Claudio Ranieri's squad.
Up the Blues!