Mourinho targets four trophies for Chelsea
BANGKOK - Agence France-Presse
Chelsea boss Mourinho (L) says there are ‘no priorities’ and he wants to win all four competitions this season. REUTERS photoJose Mourinho said July 16 Chelsea would be gunning for victory in all four competitions this season as he prepared to kick off his second spell in charge with a friendly in Bangkok.
The 50-year-old Portuguese said 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, remained elusive.
He named Manchester United and Manchester City, as his main competition in England.
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.
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 transfer window.
“That’s the old story in football: rumors and rumors and rumors, and at the end of the day after so many rumors, 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.”