Chelsea morning news: Salah 'living up to the expectations'; Courtois to return

Thibaut Coutois

All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge this morning.

Of course much of the news this morning still relates to the clubs 6-0 crushing of Arsenal yesterday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho has been revelling in victory - secured by Samuel Eto’o, Oscar (2), Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard:

"We came to kill and in 10 minutes we destroyed [them].Ten amazing minutes, no doubt this game was our game. My analysis of the game is about the 10 minutes."

He however maintains his side are not title favourites while Manchester City have games in hand.

The tie was however marred by an incident of mistaken identity from referee Andre Marriner. The referee spotted a handball from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain butt got confused, sending Kieran Gibbs off instead.

Despite The Ox telling the ref it was him who had handled the ball the referee ignored the protestations.

Mourinho said of the debacle:

"Lots of people were in the box. Eden makes the shot and from one player behind the keeper he makes a diving save like a keeper and touching the ball with his hands. From the bench you couldn't say which player. My assistant said Arteta and one said Chamberlain…”

The game saw Mohamed Salah bag his first Chelsea goal and he said of the moment:

"It's my first goal with the team, so I hope it will be a good start. I congratulate myself and all the people who supported me following my arrival here. Thankfully, I’m living up to the expectations of the technical staff and I hope I will score more goals."

Away from yesterday’s game now and it appears that Jose Mourinho may be prepared to give Thibaut Courtois his chance from next season on.

The Belgian is currently impressing at Atletico Madrid - but is not willing to play back up to Petr Cech at Stamford Bridge.

However it is believed he will get chances to shine at Stamford Bridge next season - and that a new five-year deal will be signed.

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