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Mourinho rules out Chelsea move for Benteke

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out the possibility of making a move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke before the close of the transfer window.

The Portuguese coach praised the Belgian international in his post-match press conference after he netted his third goal of the season at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and 17th in the Premier League in 2013.

Benteke's 45th minute strike drew Aston Villa level, after Antonio Luna's unfortunate own goal had given Chelsea an early lead in west London.

However, Branislav Ivanovic's 72nd minute header from a Frank Lampard free-kick ensured the hosts took all three points with a 2-1 victory, to position themselves at the top of the table after two games.

Asked whether or not Benteke had come into consideration, as he looks to strengthen his options in attack before the transfer deadline on September 1, Mourinho was typically honest and frank in his assessment of the player.

"He is a great player, but he is a great player for a certain style of football," reflected the Chelsea boss. "We try to play a different style of football.

"We try to play the way we train every day, but the good thing from my team today is that Villa gave us a different match and we coped with that.

"They have a special player with special qualities [and] they use him. Benteke is fantastic in the first phase and they play well from Benteke with the counter-attack."

Focusing on the game itself, Mourinho praised his own players for negating the threat posed by Aston Villa for the majority of the match, before conceding that it will always be difficult to keep quiet a player of Benteke's physically imposing skill-set.

He added: "The counter-attack we controlled fantastically. In 90 minutes they had one situation, and we killed their counter-attacks because we play with great balance in between the lines.

"In possession we were very very good, but that situation with Benteke is difficult to control."

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