Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was never expected new signing Radamel Falcao to score a hat-trick against Barcelona earlier this week, reports the Mirror.
Falcao, of course, failed to strike against the Catalans, but Mourinho was certainly pleased with his performance for the Blues.
In fact, the Portuguese tactician claims that he really likes the Colombian and expects him to contribute a great deal for the side when on the attack.
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Mourinho told reporters: “Falcao is ready, ready. I like him, I like him a lot as a player. I think the team plays very well with a striker of his quality.
“It’s not just a guy who can score a goal, he is always a threat and is a guy who contributes a lot to the quality of the game.
Jose likes him
“I like him a lot. I’m very happy with his first week, it’s only been a week but I am very happy with this week.
“At the start, I just worry that he adapts and that he is happy, we are happy with him and he performs and they give us what we want. To become again a super scorer, let’s see what happens. But for the moment we are happy.
“I was not expecting him to come here, play against Barcelona and score three goals. I was waiting for his determination to work, to be part of the team, to understand the way we play football and I am happy with that."
Falcao has it all to do
In truth, though, it's not going to be easy for Falcao to prove his credentials in west London. Ultimately, at Manchester United last time round, despite his struggles under Louis van Gaal, the Colombian didn't look the player of old.
He often looked frustrated and isolated up top, but things, of course, could be different under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
Falcao clearly needs to feel the love, and Mourinho and Chelsea may well provide him with just that. It's a huge season ahead for the forward.
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