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The Cameroon international capitalised on a Timo Hildebrand clanger to give his side the lead before firing in from a Willian pass after the break to kill the game

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

Jon Obi Mikel paid tribute to the "fantastic" ability of Samuel Eto'o after the Cameroonian's double sent Chelsea on their way to a 3-0 victory over Schalke in the Champions League.

Eto'o netted his first on 31 minutes, closing down Timo Hildebrand and deflecting the German's attempted clearance into the net, before firing in a second to make the game safe after the break.

The result extends Chelsea's lead at the top of Group E to three points with two matches remaining, giving Jose Mourinho's men an excellent chance to qualify as winners.

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In the absence of the injured Fernando Torres, the responsibility fell to Eto'o to shoulder the scoring burden and Mikel was delighted with the way his team-mate rose to the challenge.

"If you look at him, he’s quite different to [Torres]," Mikel told reporters. "[Torres] is more direct and runs for goal more but [Eto’o] is a fantastic player. He knows when to run, when to stay and when to move.

"His ability with the ball is fantastic and he showed it. We’ve got two fantastic strikers and we knew it was just a matter of time before they started scoring. We’re very pleased with their performances.

"We know what [Eto'o] can bring to this Chelsea side and his experience will count."

Gary Cahill echoed Mikel's sentiments, revealing that the perseverence that led to Eto'os opening goal inspired Chelsea to reach greater heights after Schalke had begun impressively.

"Being at home, it was on us to be on the front foot," the Englishman added. "The first 10-15 minutes we started a little bit slow, but after that we had a lot more gain with our possession.

"[Eto'o] worked hard for the team. He took the second goal brilliantly and the first one sparked us into life. He set the tempo from that, working hard to close the goalkeeper down."

Branislav Ivanovic admitted he was relieved to exorcise the demons of Saturday's lacklustre defeat to Newcastle and hopes this victory proves to be just the beginning.

"It was very positive after the weekend to win, to score three times and to get the clean sheet but we have to work hard over the next games to keep winning," he insisted.

"We all had good motivation for this game. We all want to do things the Jose [Mourinho] way. It’s the winning way, and he’s changed the mentality of the team."

Schalke star Julian Draxler, who troubled the Chelsea defence several times prior to Eto'o's opener, admitted Hildebrand's gaffe took the game away from Schalke.

"We had many chances and they are one of the best teams in the world. We have to learn from it," he conceded.

"[Hildebrand] said sorry [at half-time] but these things happen. We tried to turn the game towards us but once you’re 1-0 down against Chelsea, it’s not easy. They have a very strong team and they showed it."

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