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Salah inspires Chelsea to 3-0 win over Stoke

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored one goal and played a part in the other two as Chelsea strolled to a 3-0 victory over Stoke to recover from back-to-back losses and reclaim the provisional Premier League lead Saturday.

Even though Jose Mourinho downplays Chelsea's title prospects, his team remain in the mix with a relatively undemanding run-in, apart from a trip to Liverpool.

And it's Liverpool that can ensure Chelsea's stay at the top this weekend is short-lived by winning Sunday at West Ham.

This was a routine victory for Chelsea against a Stoke side that presented little attacking threat, and Salah profited on his first start since joining from Basel in January.

Salah was left unmarked when he netted the opener in the 32nd minute, and after the break the Egypt winger won the penalty that Frank Lampard first saw saved before netting the rebound.

Salah set up Willian to curl in Chelsea's third in the 72nd to wrap up a fifth consecutive home win, with the team scoring 17 unanswered goals during a formidable period at Stamford Bridge.

The problems are away, having lost the last two league games on the road to struggling sides Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, and at Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their quarterfinal on Wednesday.

"Away we have some matches where we must change our profile ... and adapt to the situation," Mourinho said.

"If I go to a wedding, I don't go in jeans," he added. "And if I leave my house to go for a walk in Hyde Park I don't go in a smoking (jacket)."

Mourinho accepted that it took at least 15 minutes for his team to "recover self-esteem and confidence."

Not that Fernando Torres seemed to have any. The misfiring striker started up front again after being dropped for the 3-1 loss in Paris, but did little to convince Mourinho that he should be part of the team for next season.

After two early efforts there was little danger from the player whose career has been in a downward spiral since joining Chelsea in 2011 for 50 million pounds (then $80 million) from Liverpool.

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