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Chelsea boss delighted with Eto'o & Willian

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Jose Mourinho believes the signings of Samuel Eto'o and Willian will make a big difference in the Premier League title race this summer.

The pair both joined from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala late on in the summer transfer window and Mourinho was delighted to beat a number of clubs to their signature.

Willian was eventually signed for £30m after initially looking like signing for Tottenham. Chelsea interrupted the Brazilian's medical with Spurs by matching their bid and he eventually chose the Champions League contenders Chelsea.

Eto'o on the other hand, was keen to work with Mourinho after it was revealed that Anzhi were ready to let their high earners leave - the deal never looked in doubt despite interest from former club Inter Milan.

Mourinho has now said that he thinks the pair can make the difference in Chelsea's season. 

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Mourinho said of the pair: “Samuel is a very experienced striker as everybody knows and a winner.

“He is different from [Fernando] Torres; Torres is different from [Demba] Ba and Ba is different from Eto'o, so we have in these three strikers experience and different qualities. Hopefully it goes well.

Willian is a creative player and for his qualities, I think he needs a bit of time to express himself. He is very creative, fast and dynamic and can play in all three positions behind the striker.

“Again he is a kid that wanted very much to play for Chelsea and he was too many years in Ukraine and in Russia and now he has his first chance to be in a big championship.

Chelsea were absent from the transfer deadline day madness, which involved rivals Arsenal and Manchester United scrambling for last minute additions.

Mourinho said that he was more than happy with his options and believes the squad is complete. 

“We have that (balance in the squad)," he said. "We have two players per position, with three strikers and an extra midfield player. Every position is covered and we are very happy with what we have.”

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