Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea can still win four trophies
Published 20/10/2015 | 02:30
Jose Mourinho has insisted he is not tempted to prioritise the Champions League because he still believes Chelsea can will all four competitions this season.
Chelsea are already 10 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City following their terrible start to the campaign, and are down in 11th place in the table.
The club's sole Champions League success in 2012 came after Chelsea had fallen out of contention in the title race and eventually finished sixth, 25 points behind champions City.
But, ahead of Chelsea's Group G game against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine tonight, Mourinho is refusing to put Europe first - even though the Champions League is the only major trophy he has not lifted with the Blues.
"When you prioritise in this league you have a big risk, which is the risk of not winning the Champions League and not finishing top four, and not playing Champions League the next season," he said.
"So we cannot prioritise in this league. We have to go all the way and make sure we finish top four."
Despite City's advantage over Chelsea, Mourinho still believes his team can fight their way back into title contention and is adamant they will finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League at the very least.
"We can win all four (competitions), we can lose all four," said Mourinho. "I think it is possible, but I think it's also possible to lose all four. Everything is open. We are in October.
"For us, it depends on other teams, depends on other results. We don't depend on ourselves, we depend on what happens also in other matches and other teams.
Asked what the club's reaction would be to finishing outside the top four and missing out on next season's Champions League, Mourinho replied: "My opinion is we are not going to miss out on the Champions League."
Dynamo surrendered top spot in Ukraine after losing for the first time this season, 3-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk, but Mourinho believes the hosts have an advantage after playing last Friday, instead of Saturday.
"We are not losing 1-0 or 2-0, but we are losing 24 hours, like we did in Porto and 24 hours is a lot," said Mourinho.
"Twenty-four hours in football is a lot, especially with a Tuesday match. When it's a Wednesday match, you have a little bit of time to compensate these 24 hours.
"But even if we lose this match we still have nine points to play for and to make a possible 12. In these two matches against Dynamo if we can have four points, the situation is much more comfortable."
Despite going into the game on the back of a victory over Aston Villa, Chelsea are still searching for their best form and Mourinho has revealed that he has been telling his players to keep things simple until they recover their confidence.
"When you are a little bit fragile, make it simple," said Mourinho. "Think quick, make the right decision. Take the ball out of the pressure zone.
"Don't be worried about making a beautiful pass. Just make sure that you don't lose the ball, because if you lose the ball, you lose confidence. So, you know, step by step, step by step."
Eden Hazard, who has been told he must work harder, has been offered little encouragement that he can quickly win his way back into Mourinho's affections, who may want an explanation over accusations that last season's Player of the Year had fuelled speculation linking him to Real Madrid.
Hazard appeared to 'like' a post on Instagram that said: "According to Spanish media Eden Hazard is on Real Madrid's radar for a 2016 transfer."
Asked if Hazard has trained hard to try to get back into the starting line-up, Mourinho added: "How did he train (since the Villa game)? He trained like Eden."
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Mourinho was handed a one-match suspended stadium ban for claiming referees are "afraid" to give Chelsea decisions after the English FA decided that fining the Portuguese is no longer a sufficient "deterrent".
The FA has also described Mourinho's English as "far too sophisticated" to use for a defence against the suspended stadium ban and £50,000 fine he received for comments made after the 3-1 defeat to Southampton. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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