José Mourinho targets four trophies for Chelsea

2013-07-16 13:35

Bangkok – José Mourinho has said Chelsea would be gunning for victory in all four competitions this season as he prepared to kickoff his second spell in charge with a friendly in Bangkok.

The 50-year-old Portuguese said today there were “no priorities” for Chelsea as they tackle the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, following their pre-season tour of Asia and the United States.

“The next match is the important one. If our next match is the Champions League, the Champions League is our competition,” Mourinho told a press conference.

“And the same with the Cups because we know what the English Cups mean, especially the FA. And we want to play every competition with this mentality – so for us, no priorities.”

Mourinho won back-to-back Premier League trophies, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his first time in London. But the Champions League, which he has lifted with Porto and Inter Milan, remained elusive.

He named Manchester United and Manchester City, the two most recent winners of the Premier League and both also under new management, as his main competition in England.

“In European football we have more candidates (to win the Champions League) and because of that it’s more difficult to win, but we want to be there and we will be fighting for it,” Mourinho added.

Mourinho said he would try to instill a winning culture from his very first game tomorrow – against the Singha All-Star XI, who shocked Manchester United 1-0 last week in David Moyes’ debut game in charge.

The Portuguese, known for his meticulous attention to detail, said he had sent his assistant to scout Saturday’s game and give him a tactical blueprint of the opponents, whom he rated as dangerous.

“I don’t like to lose, the players don’t like to lose ... for sure, tomorrow my boys will try to get a result,” he said.

“Losing is not a drama, losing doesn’t change anything in the team. But it’s not nice, we don’t like it.

“Winning is part of the culture and if you can do that even in friendly matches, you have to do it.”

Mourinho also deflected the latest transfer speculation, which includes links with Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and even former Chelsea ace Didier Drogba (35).

“Managers of big clubs are connected with everybody until August 31,” he said, referring to the end of the July-August transfer window.

“That’s the old story in football: rumours and rumours and rumours, and at the end of the day after so many rumours, something becomes true.

“But in this moment I’m so happy with the people I have here that I’m not thinking about other players.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.