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Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho smiles before their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014.  Picture: Reuters/Andrew Yates.

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho smiles before their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014. Picture: Reuters/Andrew Yates.

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho smiles before their English Premier League soccer match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014. Picture: Reuters/Andrew Yates.

THEY are lookin' sexy, it must be said, and no bus parking at Turf Moor. Jose Mourinho has found a formula which will make his boss one happy oligarch.

It started slowy. Burnley fans were making plenty of noise - after all, it's been five years since they were last able to do it in the Premier League. When their team started well, they raised the roof.

Imagine the din when Scott Airfield lined one up just outside the box and buried a fantastic shot past Mourinho's preferred goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with just 13 minutes on the clock.

Naming Courtois (pictured) in the starting line-up put an end to 
speculation about Mourinho's goalkeeping preference and left Petr Cech dejected, but it didn't help keep Burnley out.

Airfield's goal was nothing more than a trigger for some of the best football Chelsea have played under Mourinho. Diego Costa earned his corn with an equaliser seven minutes later scoured out of a chaotic penalty area, the type of goal Fernando Torres couldn't score to save his life. But it was the next which showed Jose's new clothes in all their finery. A meandering, tricky run from Oscar started it and German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle finished it with two fantastic passes from Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas in between.

It was all over by minute 34th when Ivanovic struck a volley to the back of the net for a third and that was that but Chelsea kept at it, passing and moving, trying intricate little passages and Costa right in the middle of it all.

He should have a had a penalty after a half-hour but got a yellow card instead and apart from that hiccup, impressed everyone, his manager most of all.

Costa will score a bucket of goals with service like this and Fabregas is likely to be the main source. He has done some serious business this summer Mourinho and solved two big problems. Smart work by the Special One.


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