Jose Mourinho has praised Super Eagles midfielder Mikel Obi and goalkeeper Petr Cech for their “professionalism” as Chelsea squeezed past League Two Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup last 16 tie at Greenhous Meadow.
A late own goal from Shrews defender Jermaine Grandison handed victory to Mourinho’s men but the Portuguese boss was quick to hail experienced pros Cech and Mikel for their solid displays despite a lack of playing time in recent weeks.
He said: “We knew that, we knew before [it was going to be difficult].
“I think I had on my four players that played on Sunday and they were an unbelievable example for others. They were absolutely brilliant.
“When you have Petr Cech and Jon Mikel Obi not playing regularly, they come here and give great example of professionalism.
“I wasn’t expecting anything but a difficult match. The game was going to be difficult. I was ready for extra-time.”
Mourinho also revealed why he substituted Mikel after Shrewsbury levelled.
‘When the score is 1-1 and there is the possibility of extra-time you have to control your emotions as a manager and maybe not make changes because you need them for later.
I was delaying the changes but at 1-1 I had to make two changes to give new blood to the team.’