Eto'o says Mourinho is to thank for Schalke opener

The Chelsea striker made it clear that Jose Mourinho's advice was the reason for his first goal last night.

Samuel Eto’o rolled back the years, somewhat, last night - bagging a brace in a 3-0 win against Schalke 04.

However, his two goals did come with a little extra help from German goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand.

The first goal, we will come to later, but I also feel the keeper was at fault for the second Eto’o goal.

The ball was chipped through to Eto’o, but Hildebrand should have closed him down faster, and at a better angle. Instead he was sluggish off his line and showed Eto’o the finish, which the Cameroonian happily obliged.

The first goal however, was of course a howler from the stopper.

Hildebrand dawdled on his clearance for too long, eventually slamming the ball into the striker - and watching the ball ricochet backward into the empty net to send Stamford Bridge into raptures.

Eto’o was back, his striker instinct to close down had caused a mistake and they were 1-0 up.

Although Eto’o says only one man deserves the praise for his opener.

Jose Mourinho.

The two might not have seen eye to eye in a previous life, but that no longer seems to be a problem.

He gave all the credit for his opener yesterday to the Portuguese, which he revealed in an interview with Spanish radio today.

‘’All credit for my goal goes to Mourinho. He asked me to put pressure on the goalkeeper. I thank came to the bench to thank him for this.’’ 

So it would appear that the scouting mission Chelsea did on Hildebrand worked - as they clearly knew that the German has a tendency to dawdle on the ball more than he should as a goalkeeper. With that in mind Mourinho gave his striker instructions to apply pressure on the former Valencia keeper - and once again it turned up trumps for the ‘Special One’ - and hopefully is the start of a good goalscoring run from the Cameroonian veteran.

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