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Chelsea manager José Mourinho was full of praise for his side after they beat West Ham United this afternoon - but reserved special praise for skipper John Terry.

Terry opened the scoring in the 31st minute for his second goal in as many matches, before Eden Hazard set up Diego Costa to net his 13th goal since joining from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The Special One commended his team for a terrific performance which saw them maintain their three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

"The results are good, the players are happy", Mourinho began. "I’m happy as a coach, because the team is playing well. I’m happy as a guy because I love my players. It’s important to feel happy with the people that surround me, it’s something I missed for a while and with this group I have a group that I love".

Mourinho also congratulated his players for the obvious improvement the side has made since last season, with the Blues drawing 0-0 in the corresponding fixture last term.

"We are a much better team when we have the ball. Last year we were very strong defensively and very well organised but we lacked a bit of creativity when we had the ball.

AmU45Vc.jpg"There’s no perfection but we played very well against a difficult team," said the Portuguese. "We played well in two different versions; the first against a defensive side, and we were very good, we moved the ball, there was a good dynamic and lots of chances.

"In the second half we played against an attacking team that made changes by putting on faster players and playing direct balls into space. We coped well and found ways to counter attack. It’s very important for a team to identify different moments of the game and to be able to adapt. Today was a good example of that, the players did very well".

But Mourinho singled out Terry, who today netted his fourth goal of the season and moved to within three appearances of equalling Frank Lampard as the club's fourth-highest appearance maker.

"He’s always had that, normally four or five goals a season. He’s full of confidence. I see my John of 2004, 2005 and 2006 here, I don’t see any difference. He’s playing so well but when the team is playing so well it’s easy for individuals".

Terry, in typical fashion, was magnanimous in his praise of his team mates at the end of the game.

"I think the first half we were in control. We played some great football again but that second goal from Diego was important for us. I am delighted.
"We are playing well. Pressure is on the teams below now to win. We are playing great, everyone can see that and if we continue to do that it will be tough. That is the target for us, we have had a good start and if we continue our form it will be tough for anyone. It is important we remain calm and keep doing what we are doing".
The Blues face Southampton in a Sunday lunchtime kick-off at St. Mary's.
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