Jose Mourinho has admitted he would prefer to win the Premier League than to conquer Europe with Chelsea this season.
The Special One has a good chance of success domestically and on the continent with his unbeaten Blues this term.
Despite lifting the English title in his debut season with Chelsea in 2005, Mourinho was not able to deliver the club’s first Champions League triumph.
That honour went to Roberto Di Matteo as the Blues defied their sixth-placed finish in a rocky campaign to beat Bayern Munich in their own back yard.
Mourinho is no stranger to the trophy with the big ears as he picked up winners’ medals while managing Porto and Inter Milan.
But while he would love to make it a hat-trick by winning it again in his second stint at Stamford Bridge, it would appear the club is prioritising the Premier League as their quest continues with the visit of Tottenham tomorrow night.
“Yes,” came the response from Mourinho when asked if a league triumph was more significant than a cup one.
“You have many examples of teams winning perhaps the most beautiful trophy, the Champions League, but they are not champions of their country. Real Madrid were third last season, a bad position. Chelsea were sixth. Liverpool were fifth. So a cup competition has always a big percentage of these little details.
“The measure of success in football is made by the trophies you win, has always a relation with what other teams also do. You can have a magnificent season and don't win things. You can. But I understand the measure is by trophies. We have to try and transform the quality of our work and performances into cups.
“When I won the Champions League I also won the league. The two times I won the Champions League I also won the league, and also the cup. That was because the team was absolutely fantastic in that season.
“People normally would choose to win the Champions League instead of the league. That's a normal feeling. But I think the cup competition depends on so many things: the moment; the draw; on little details; whether you have an injured player at a key moment; a suspension on a crucial day of the competition.
“Normally, the best team and best squad wins a league championship. A squad best adapted to answer all the problems. Normally. But you cannot choose to try and win this competition or that one.”
Each of Mourinho’s Champions League triumphs came as part of sensational trebles at his former clubs. Chelsea are still in the hunt for a possible four trophies in what is turning into a memorable campaign, however the Blues boss doesn’t think it will be possible to lift them all.
“I don't think so,” he conceded. “First of all, I think the English teams arrive in a crucial part of the Champions League in difficult conditions. The others come after winter breaks, after a new pre-season, arriving in the best conditions.
“The English teams arrive after Christmas, which is amazing... the ones that go further in domestic cups, even more difficult because it's the month of January where you accumulate double leg Capital One Cup semi-final, plus two FA Cup games. It's very difficult for English teams.”
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