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Schurrle breaks the Jose silence.

FULHAM........ 1 CHELSEA ....... 3 JOSE MOURINHO revealed a dose of the silent treatment at half-time led to an improved performance from his Chelsea side as Andre Schurrle hit a hat-trick to see off Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea looked tired in the first half before a masterclass in finishing from Schurrle settled the game - with only a later Johnny Heitinga goal acting as consolation for Fulham in the 3-1 defeat.

After the game Chelsea boss Mourinho, well-known as a man who is happy to speak his mind, admitted it was his silence at half-time which spoke volumes to his players.

"I didn't say a word at half-time," he said.

"The first half was really bad for us. I don't know if they controlled us, or if we didn't start. It was a really bad first half.

"It was silent at half-time. Normally I give them two or three minutes to clean or change boots or shirts. After that they know I'll start talking.

"They were there ready for me but I was not ready for them. I decided not to speak because, if I started to speak about the first half, I'd need more than the 10 minutes.

"Without words, they understand - so they knew the first half was really poor and they transformed it."


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2014
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