Last Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:39
Jose Mourinho has challenged his Chelsea side to continue to play with the intensity they showed in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Hull.
The Blues were outstanding at times against Steve Bruce's men, moving the ball with pace and gusto and were unlucky not to have won by more in a performance that sent a bold statement out to their Premier League title rivals.
They are now preparing to play Aston Villa on Wednesday evening and having beaten the Villans 8-0 in the same fixture last season, will be confident of continuing their 100% start to the season.
Chelsea are understandably the huge favourites to beat Paul Lambert's men and punters may choose to use their free bet to back the West Londoners to claim all three points.
Mourinho, who returned to the club earlier this summer, believes his side's rivals will struggle to keep pace with his team if they play at the same intensity as they did on Sunday and the Portuguese coach has now challenged his players to maintain their quick tempo for a full 90 minutes against Villa.
"If we do that, we destroy an opponent. Playing that way you have to score goals, even if the opposing goalkeeper saves a penalty," he said. "We want to win matches, but what I like is that when you have the chance to destroy to beat them by three, four, or five, we have to do it.
"If someone feels that they can do it to us they will do it - when you are in trouble, they smash you - so if we have the chance to do it, we have to do it. That is football."
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