Chelsea won their third league game of the season as they defeated Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday at Stamford Bridge after goals by Diego Costa and a Villa own goal.
The reigning Premier League champions have been struggling, but the three points against Villa pushes them up to 11th place with 11 points. The Blues are 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and six points behind West Ham United in 4th.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently said that he still believes that his team could finish in the Top 4 and qualify for the Champions League. He was pleased with the win over Villa.
“It was not a brilliant performance, but it was a solid performance,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com after the game.
“In football you are brilliant when the confidence levels are very high and the players are able to put all their qualities on the pitch. When the confidence is a bit low, the results are not good and they feel the pressure of the moment, the quality goes down a little bit, and you have to bring other kinds of ingredients to the game. They did it in an amazing way.
“Defensively [we had] great discipline and great effort, and there was great balance in the team. They had a couple of moments in the first half but apart from that everything was under control.
“That is what we need because at the moment it’s difficult to be brilliant. I would never expect to come from a bad period direct into a brilliant game. I was expecting this kind of answer, the answer was there and the result is the most important thing at the moment.”
Chelsea takes on Dinamo Kiev on the road in the Champions League on Tuesday before going up against West Ham in a London Derby on Saturday.