Gary Cahill believes Jose Mourinho showed why he has won so many trophies with a perfect gameplan to help Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 on Monday.
Branislav Ivanovic scored the only goal and Cahill was part of a defence that kept a clean sheet as City, who have scored 115 times in all competitions this season, failed to find the net at home in a league game for the first time since 2010.
And Mourinho’s counter-attacking strategy succeeded to leave England international Cahill praising the Chelsea manager.
He said: "Jose has the CV for a reason. He is obviously a top-quality manager and we worked on a few things in the last couple of days which he was adamant we put into practice today and it did pay off for us and we defended solidly with a fair share of the ball. We had a strategy and it paid off.
"I thought we came here with a game plan which worked and everyone put in a shift. Our creative players were creative and we defended really well and we got a clean sheet, which is rare. It was a class performance."
Mourinho is a double Champions League winner and has been a league champion seven times during his days at Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale and Real Madrid.
And Cahill added: "The club is a massive club and when you have that and massive players and you add a massive manager I think it combines really well. He is experienced and it is all new for me but it is working well at the minute. We are playing well and doing what he asks of us."
The former Bolton centre-back said Chelsea were motivated by the chance to make history by frustrating a free-scoring City side. He explained: "Just before we left the hotel we saw the television saying they had not failed to score here since 2010 so hearing that 10 minutes before we set off had us buzzing."