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Mourinho praises evergreen Terry

Jose Mourinho praised the longevity of John Terry after the Chelsea captain's goal breached the West Ham defence to set up a 2-0 win for the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge.

Sam Allardyce's men were overrun by Chelsea, who broke the deadlock through Terry's first-half tap in.

It was his second goal in two games and a ninth win from nine home games was completed by Diego Costa's 13th of the season.

"He always had that (goalscoring ability)," said Mourinho, who made Terry captain during his first spell.

"He's full of confidence. I see my John of 2004, 05, 06. I see him. I don't see any difference.

"I only see a difference when I see his twin (daughters) when they go to the training ground because they were born in that period and now they are running and kicking balls.

"In him there is no difference. He's playing so good."

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Chelsea boss Mourinho: We are the best team in the Premier League… so far

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Jose Mourinho barks instructions from the touchline. Credit: PA

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claimed after his side's 2-0 win at Stoke that he felt his team had been the best in England so far this season.

"What we did in the past is not important," Mourinho said. "What's important is this season and this season we are top of the league since day one and we are there because we are playing really well.

"In my opinion we are the best team, we were the best team until this day. That's why we are top of the league.

"We start this period of Christmas knowing our fixtures are more difficult than any other ones. Three matches away - Stoke, Southampton and Tottenham. One match at home against West Ham because Big Sam (Allardyce)... they are doing amazingly well this season."

Mourinho was delighted with his team's performance on the night and felt they showed good spirit at the traditionally hostile Britannia.

"Fantastic performance," he added. "I think these are the matches where the victory means a bit more than three points.

"It means the three points but it means also: feel the right spirit, feel the team, feel the atmosphere, feel what the players are ready to do to try to win the championship.

"I'm really pleased with the victory because we won for sure in one of the most difficult places to win."

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