Chelsea show potential with win over Schalke, says Ray Wilkins
It's coming together for Chelsea and they can go a long way in the Champions League, says Ray Wilkins.
Last Updated: 07/11/13 9:33am
The Blues started slowly at Stamford Bridge but after Timo Hildebrand's blunder, which let Samuel Eto'o open the scoring, Chelsea took control of proceedings.
And, after seeing the hosts ease to a comfortable 3-0 win with second half strikes from Eto'o and sub Demba Ba, Sky Sports expert Wilkins tipped them to go far this season - if their forwards can find the net regularly.
However, the former England midfielder slammed Hildebrand for blasting his clearance straight into Eto'o for the opener.
"Chelsea finished this game really well," said Wilkins.
"That was a good performance in the second half and they took control of the game.
"Chelsea were poor in the first ten minutes especially but Hildebrand, being so experienced, shouldn't give up a goal of this manner.
"Full credit to Eto'o because he does really well but that was school boy errorish and should never happen at the level we're watching.
"Schalke were good in the first 15-20 minutes but that doesn't give them a chance because going a goal down here straight away Chelsea are lifted and then it's going to be a difficult evening for them.
"It's fantastic the way it's coming together for Chelsea, though. If the three forwards can start scoring in abundance there's no reason Chelsea can't go a long, long way."
Jose Mourinho stated before the game that Eden Hazard was left out of the squad because he missed a training session this week.
Why the Belgian missed that session, Mourinho would not say - but he credited the performances of Andre Schurrle and Willian who came into the side and Wilkins says the Portuguese's squad management is excellent.
The ability to keep such a large, talented squad happy, is key to Chelsea being successful this season, he added.
"It was wrong of us to say it was Chelsea's 'B' team that took part in the Capital One Cup at the Emirates a few weeks ago," said Wilkins.
"Mourinho can change eleven and throw eleven in because they're so good.
"Just look at Cesar Azpilicueta who came in at left full-back as a right-footed player but didn't look out of place at all. He deputised fantastically well for Ashley Cole.
"Mourinho gets the group as a unit and builds a siege mentality in a pleasant manner.
"Man management at this level is more important. All these players know how to play technically and tactically so it's about keeping the human being happy and Jose does it really well.
"He puts an arm around the one that needs an arm around them and kicks up the backside the one that needs a kick up the backside. He does that really well."