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Mourinho not Preoccupied by European Glory

June 18, 2013

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Mourinho not Preoccupied by European Glory

Returning Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has insisted that the Champions League will not obsess him, despite failing to win the trophy during his previous tenure at Stamford Bridge.

After being confirmed as the Blues’ new manager last week following the departure of interim coach, Rafael Benitez, the Portuguese appeared in front of the media for the first time on Monday and, where previously he has been known for is outlandish outbursts, was exceptionally humble.

Mourinho first arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 almost immediately after winning the Champions League with Porto, proclaiming himself to be the ‘special one’ and didn’t disappoint during his first spell, leading the team to five major trophies, including two Premier League titles.

However, despite two appearances in the semi-finals, where he was ironically beaten by Benitez’s Liverpool on both occasions, the 50-year-old could not bring the much-coveted Champions League to West London.

He has of course gone on to triumph in the competition since, as he masterminded victory while in charge of Inter Milan and, despite failing to add to his haul, continued his fine run in the tournament by guiding Real Madrid to three consecutive semi-finals.

Chelsea themselves have now won the Champions League, with Roberto Di Matteo being the man who surprisingly managed to quench owner, Roman Abramovich’s thirst for the competition.

Many will think that on his return to the club, Mourinho’s main goal will be European dominance and, although he believes the West Londoners can win the tournament – much like many fans who Bet Fair online – he is refusing to let his boss’ desire to reclaim the title affect his work.

“Champions League cannot be an obsession for me,” he told reporters at his first official press conference since returning to Chelsea. “I’ve won it twice, and would be happy to win it again, but Chelsea have won it too. So it’s not an obsession.

“Let’s work with quality and work hard, and we’ll be there fighting for that objective. One day it will happen.”

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