Mourinho unfazed by trophy drought
Published 16/08/2014 | 13:20
Jose Mourinho insists he remains unfazed by the pressure to avoid a third season without silverware as Chelsea prepare to launch their Barclays Premier League title bid.
Mourinho left Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, returning for a second managerial stint at Stamford Bridge.
The decorated Portuguese boss was unable to guide the Blues to a trophy in his first campaign back at the helm - but believes shrewd summer transfer business can now end his barren run.
Chelsea open their league account at promoted Burnley on Monday night, with Mourinho claiming he is a glutton for punishment for shouldering high-pressure managerial assignments.
"I'm not a very intelligent guy in choosing my teams, because I like to work, I like to build, I don't like easy jobs," said Mourinho.
"I don't like to get clubs worked by other managers before me.
"I don't like to arrive on time to collect the fruit of their trees.
"When I went to Porto, the season before that they were fifth.
"Remember what Madrid was when I went there, and what Inter was when I went to Inter.
"And when I came back to Chelsea, I came in a moment where one team was over and another one needed to come.
"And at the same time I came to a league which is the only league where six teams are competing for the title.
"So I'm not good in choosing my jobs - or I'm good because I choose what I really love.
"So this is my second year of a project, and I'm so happy with that."
Mourinho rejected the notion Chelsea must win the league to secure a successful campaign.
"At the end of the season, you, the supporters and the players will judge my work," he said.
"More important than all of you, my boss, my owner, my board - they will judge my work too.
"For some to achieve success will be to win the league.
"I understand that because of my last 10 years and Chelsea's last 10 years.
"But I really don't care about it, all I care about is being myself - working hard every day, having ambition to win always the next game.
"It doesn't matter the competition, it doesn't matter the opponent, and this is part of me.
"I don't need that from you, the supporters, or anybody to motivate me more than naturally I am.
"So I want to win against Burnley, that's the first step, and to win against Burnley will be very hard, I can imagine."