Jose Mourinho praises Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas

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Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on his summer signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, after the pair helped Chelsea secure a 3-1 victory against Burnley.

Chelsea came from behind to win at Turf Moor against a Burnley side that started off well but eventually got over-powered by Mourinho's star studded team.

Scott Arfield opened the scoring for Burnley, before Costa equalised with an emphatic finish in the penalty area.

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Andre Schurrle finished of a superb Chelsea move, with Fabregas offering a deft touch to play the World Cup winner through on goal.

Chelsea's third and final goal came from Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic, the defender found himself on the end of a Fabregas corner.

Mourinho spoke about Costa and Fabregas's performance after the game.

“You gave Cesc the man of the match and I completely agree," he was quoted saying by Sky Sports. "He was the maestro and controlled the tempo of the game with (Nemanja) Matic. He dictated the speed and intensity of the game.

“Diego did something very important for us which was the first goal. His movement and interaction with Eden (Hazard), Oscar and Schurrle was very good, although I feel sorry for him because it was a penalty and never a yellow card.”

Costa was booked in the first half, for an apparent dive after latching onto a poor back pass from Burnley, but replays showed Burnley keeper Tom Heaton making contact with the Chelsea striker.

“When it is clear that it is not a simulation, I think obviously the yellow card should be taken away from the player,” Mourinho said.

Mourinho stated that his squad are well on their way to a successful season, despite the players only having limtied time together after the World Cup.

“We have had no more than six or seven sessions with everyone together but we knew the direction we wanted to go,” he explained.

“I always thought that Diego and Cesc would bring us to the dimension we want because they are different players to what we had in the past.

“We need that striker who can hold the ball and have interaction with other players, and we need that kind of midfielder that dictates the intensity in the centre.”

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