Jose Mourinho claims that Chelsea can utilise their underdog status and potentially aim to win the Champions League this season.
The blues are not even listed as amongst the favourites to win this season’s title after having been very poor so far. Surprisingly, the Premier League champions are involved in a relegation fight with the season almost about to approach Christmas. Mourinho has still been kept in the job and it has been unlike Roman Abramovich, who has resorted to sacking managers even at the slightest hint of poor results. It seems that Mourinho will stay at the club irrespective of the results – at least until the end of the campaign.
For the time being, the manager can hope to impress the owner with some good performances in the Champions League. It has certainly been arriving for the club and the latest was in the 2-0 win over FC Porto at Stamford Bridge. Abramovich was in the stands to witness this victory and he applauded the team following a good performance. Mourinho says that this victory has done little to change Chelsea’s status as one of the underdogs especially in the competition that has the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona. However, the club’s previous success in the competition came under similar circumstances and Mourinho has targeted a repeat of the same.
“To win the Champions League, I think it’s obvious that a team that is struggling so much like we are, is not a candidate to win it.In the Champions League, you have the best teams in Europe but when we won [it] with Porto in 2004 we were not candidates, when we won with Inter [Milan] in 2010 we were not candidates. When we were candidates, we lost two semi-finals with Real Madrid and Chelsea so let’s see – you never know,” said Mourinho.