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The Portuguese was quick to applaud his summer signing following Wednesday's win, and revealed that what might have seemed a fluke opening goal was in fact part of his game plan

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to the work rate and experience displayed by striker Samuel Eto'o after the Cameroonian's brace helped the west Londoners to a 3-0 win over Schalke in Wednesday's Champions League encounter.

Eto'o left Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand red-faced after 31 minutes at Stamford Bridge when the German's attempted clearance was charged down by the onrushing striker and rolled into the net to open the scoring. It was a goal that the visitors failed to recover from, with Chelsea ending the match as 3-0 victors.

After the game, Mourinho revealed that he had advised Eto'o to put pressure on Hildebrand when he had the ball at his feet and the Portuguese was delighted to see his words of wisdom pay off.

The Chelsea manager said: "I told him that. I know the keeper from Portugal and Spain because he was there and we know Schalke likes to play back passes and play from the back with the keeper so Samuel was clever in the way he closed him down."

Chelsea suffered a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday and Mourinho was pleased with his team's response after making six changes to the starting line-up.

He added: "I think it was a good [response] but of course the first 15 minutes were difficult; we were a team without big maturity and stability after the defeat on Saturday.

"After that we played very well and kept possession in a comfortable way and after the first goal we played well.

After Eto'o scored his second of the night, Demba Ba came off the bench to seal a 3-0 win that puts Chelsea firmly on course to progress from Group E, following their failure to reach the knockout stages last season.

Mourinho, though, made sure his praise was not limited to his forwards and was keen to stress the role played by the side's rearguard in their win.

"I know Petr Cech made a fantastic save for a possible 1-1 but everybody worked hard and made defensive work, especially the wingers against their full-backs."