Chelsea always in control against Steaua, insists Mourinho

The two-time Champions League winner believes his side were comfortable against the Romanian champions despite his players missing a host of chances to build on Demba Ba's opener
Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea were always in control throughout their 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Demba Ba scored the only goal in the 10th minute to seal top spot in Group E for the Premier League side against the bottom-placed Romanians - though the hosts wasted a numbers of chances to build on their early lead.

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Despite his side's profligacy in front of goal, Mourinho believes the result was never in doubt, and is relieved he can now concentrate on the Blues' domestic title hopes until next year.

"We had the game always under control," he said. "Since the first minute, we had the ball: we had the chances; we had the corners, we had the dominance.

"The second goal didn’t arrive and when the second goal doesn’t arrive the opponent is alive and fighting for a shock result.

"In the beginning of the second half when we know Basel (who could have also topped the group) is losing (at Schalke) and we know the point is enough for us, from that moment we are in a comfortable situation where we can control the play without taking any risks.

"Now (we can) forget the Champions League until 2014," he added.

Captain John Terry stressed the importance of Chelsea topping their group, with Premier League rivals Arsenal now facing a daunting tie against one of either PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Atletico Madrid after finishing second.

"We're still improving and we can still get better for sure," said the defender.

"It was important for us to top our group. Some good teams have topped their groups."