Jose Mourinho thinks Sunday’s Capital One Cup showdown with Tottenham is the most important final of his career - but only because it is the latest.
The Special One has collected pretty much every medal possible during his incredible managerial career including league titles in England, Spain and Italy.
He has lifted the Champions League with two different clubs and has already won the League Cup twice before during his first spell as Chelsea manager.
His first triumph in the competition came 10 years ago today and marked his first piece of silverware while in charge of the Stamford Bridge club.
Mourinho would love to make it a hat-trick with victory over Spurs and used his weekly press conference at Cobham to explain why he is desperate for glory under the arch.
“This cup final is the most important cup final of my career,” Mourinho said, tongue firmly in cheek. “It’s more important than the Champions League, more important than the other cups I’ve played before. Do I look stupid? No, it’s because it’s the next one.
“The other ones are in the club museum. My medals are at home somewhere, I don’t know where. The next one is the most important one. I don’t care about medals, I care about the club winning trophies. The spirit I see is the spirit of a team that wants to win the final.
“In this country every final was a big one. Chelsea-Liverpool, Chelsea-Arsenal, Chelsea-Man United and now Tottenham. So in this country I’ve got all the biggest finals you could expect. Champions League: Inter v Bayern at the Bernabeu. FA Cup: Chelsea v Man United in the first final at Wembley. Roma v Inter playing in the Olympico. Some good ones.
“Ten years ago, I think even if we’d lost the final we’d still have won the league. When you play match after match the emotions last 24 hours. We play Sunday and Monday we have to be here to train again. You have no time for celebrations. You don’t have time to also be crying for a week.”
Chelsea went on to win the championship for the first time in 50 years following their first League Cup triumph in 2005.
The Blues are five points clear of second-placed Manchester City, who on Sunday have an opportunity to cut the gap to two points with victory at Liverpool, but Mourinho is only focussed on the job at hand.
"I just think about the moment,” He added. “I just think about this game. We have a final to win on Sunday and nothing else matters. Since I arrived in July 2013 it's the first time I don't think about the future of this club
"I don't think it's because you win the cup final you win the league. I don't think because you lose the cup final you lose the league. I don't see connections."
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