Schalke star pays Chelsea tribute

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Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has heaped praise on Chelsea following their 'brutal' 3-0 victory in the Champions League on Tuesday night, reports

The 25-year-old admitted he was frustrated by the scoreline, given that the Bundesliga outfit had more shots on goal, and dominated possession in the Group E clash.

However, Jose Mourinho's side were clinical with their chances, and claimed all three points from the Veltins-Arena, thanks to two goals from Fernando Torres and one from Eden Hazard.

The victory means Chelsea move to the top of the table with six points from three games - ahead of Schalke on goal difference - and have a strong chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

"I am not so much disappointed with the loss, but I am angry more than anything else," Howedes reflected. "We were not clever enough in front of goal.

"Chelsea were only looking to hit us on the counterattack after the break and they brutally punished us.

"We got plenty of chances, but we unfortunately failed to score. Then again, it's no disgrace to lose a game against Chelsea."

The two sides meet again at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 6 November, when the German club will be looking to get one back against a team that brushed them aside so easily in Gelsenkirchen last night.

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