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Chelsea boss defends risky tactics

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he had to take risks in order to beat Norwich in yesterday's Premier League clash. 

His side ran out 3-1 winners - with Demba Ba and David Luiz starters for the first time in several weeks. 

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' introduced Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard and Willian early in the second half with the score level at 1-1. And, it was the later two who scored the vital goals to secure victory. 

"My idea was to come here, score the first and the second and try to kill the game as fast we can," he told Sky Sports post-match.

"The players did their best and the opponents deserved to play and these teams are always difficult teams to beat. They fought hard and gave us a very difficult match.

"With the result at 1-0, they didn't risk it; they were waiting for their chance to score a goal. They scored and after that, the game is open football but I'm not here to defend a point, I'm here to try to win so I had to risk a little bit.

"I did, but the responsibility is on the players as they're on the pitch."

Ba replaced the suspended and injured Fernando Torres for the Blues, with Mourinho saying it was the perfect choice for the clash at Carrow Road. 

"I wanted to use Demba because we know that Demba is adapted to these kind of matches, but then the match became different," he added.

"When the match became more open and there was more spaces, it's all about work and I played Samuel (Eto'o). They know the conditions and which positions to play on the pitch and they did very well. We deserved a difficult win today."

Mourinho has had to rotate his large squad on a regular basis this season, with players such as Juan Mata and Kevin de Bruyne having to sit on the sidelines at different intervals. 

Eto'o's arrival at Stamford Bridge meant that Senegal striker Ba has had to wait for this chance to impress his new manager this season, after featuring in only two games prior to the meting with the Canaries. 

Chelsea host Cardiff City after the international break, with Mourinho hoping his stars return unscathed from their excursions away from Stamford Bridge. 

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