Former Chelsea striker explains why he prefers his new manager to Mourinho

Ex-Chelsea forward Demba Ba says he prefers his Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic to Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea have set the pace in the Premier League this season with eight wins from the first ten games of the campaign. The Blues look to be the team to beat, and the key to their great start has been the overhaul of the striking options at Jose Mourinho's disposal.

After struggling in front of goal last season, Mourinho chose to let Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o leave the club in the summer, spending over £40m on Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy - and so far, it's worked.

Whilst Eto'o is improving at Everton and Torres is struggling at AC Milan, Senegalese striker Ba is out of the limelight since his move to Turkish side Besiktas.

The 29-year-old has hit seven goals in ten games for Besiktas so far, and today he's told Turkish press how he prefers playing under Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic to Mourinho.

"I learned a lot under Jose Mourinho," said Ba. "Winning is the most important thing for Mourinho, he is a winner. He always wants to win, that is in his character and he has been so successful as a result."

“When you compare Mourinho and Slaven Bilic what I can say is Bilic is closer to his players. He is easier to get on with and establishes a closer relationship with his players."

"He is a more understanding manager, the type of person you can go and talk with if you have a problem and he always tries to help us with whatever we are going through."

Ba scored eight goals in 29 games under Mourinho, but was often used as a substitute, which eventually led to the former West Ham star leaving the club for Besiktas this summer.

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