Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has credited manager Jose Mourinho for his bizarre opening goal against Schalke on Wednesday night.

The 32-year-old successfully charged down Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand's attempted clearance before the ball rebounded into the back of the net.

But rather than regard the goal as a mere stroke of good fortune, Eto'o believes it came as a direct result of Mourinho's tactical instructions.

"The credit for the opening goal goes to José; he was encouraging us to press from the sideline," the Cameroon international told UEFA's official website. "I took the first couple of steps and saw that he was going to have trouble clearing the ball. I sped up and he hit the ball into my foot.

"I was very lucky that the ball ended up going towards the goal."

Chelsea went on to win the match 3-0 to move a significant step closer to booking their place in the Champions League knockout stages, with Eto'o scoring another to complete his brace before Demba Ba added gloss to the scoreline with a third.

"[The second goal] was really beautiful; the ball from Willian, my control and then the shot," Eto'o added. "Football can be crazy, you win some games and you lose others. The important thing is to always try.

"It is true that we were below par against Basel [on matchday one]. That happens in football. The most important thing is to look forward, and we have taken nine points from the three matches since then."

Next up for Eto'o and Chelsea is Saturday's Premier League clash against mid-table West Brom.

Victory for the Blues would temporarily move them to within two points of league-leaders Arsenal, who face Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

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