Mourinho is targeting a third Champions League trophy…
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists his young players have the ability to win the Champions League this season, he told Sky Sports.
Chelsea take on FC Basel this evening at Stamford Bridge in their opening Group E fixture, and will be hoping to get their European campaign off to the best possible start.
Mourinho accepts that the challenge of winning Europe’s premier competition will be difficult, but reckons his squad has the capability to do so.
“This season we have some players with different experience, but the potential to win it,” said the charismatic Portuguese boss, who compared his players to ‘beautiful young eggs‘ yesterday.
“Let’s see what happens. I have to focus not on the past but on the future,” he continued.
With the wealth of attacking talent at Mourinho’s disposal, his squad is arguably far stronger than the one Roberto Di Mateo won the Champions League with in the 2011/12 season. The Blues now have the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Samuel Eto’o and Kevin De Bruyne to choose from on top of a nucleus of Chelsea Champions League veterans.
Mourinho has reminded fans that while he obviously wants to win it, he is not obsessed with the Champions League.
“There’s no obsession for me with this competition. No obsession for Chelsea. But I want to win it for a third time, and I want Chelsea to win it for a second time,” he said.
“This is the beginning of a process with us and the Champions League.”
Elsewhere in Group E, Schalke take on Steaua Bucharest, and Mourinho’s men are expected to top the group with relative ease.