MOURINHO: CHELSEA PLAYERS ARE THE WRONG TYPE OF CHAMPION
Ahead of a meeting with his former club Porto,
the Portuguese laid down the gauntlet with a
threat to senior players as he called the
mentality of his squad into question.
Jose Mourinho has questioned how many
"serial champions" there are at Chelsea as they
bid to find some momentum in Tuesday's
Champions League clash with Porto.
The Blues produced a stirring second-half
comeback to recover from 2-0 down at
Newcastle United on Saturday and claim a 2-2
But Mourinho's men have taken just eight
points from seven games in their defence of the
Premier League title, leaving the Portuguese to
cast doubt on the mentality of many in his
squad and hint at dropping senior players.
"I've explained to the players that when the
situation is open, I have to try and prepare the
kids for their future and, at the same time, bring
the best out of the players with more
experience," he explained during a press
"But if the season becomes 'closed' and we
can't win trophies, I will go just with the kids
Mourinho also suggested that many of his
squad are the wrong type of champion.
"There are two sorts of champions. There are
those who win something, and there are lots of
them," he said.
"But there are the other champions who, during
their career, win one, two, three, four, five, 10
or 20 titles.
"In this club we have 25 champions from last
year, but serial champions in this squad? John
Terry, Jon [Obi] Mikel and [Branislav] Ivanovic
are serial champions. Almost every season
they have something in the pocket. But how
many other serial champions do we have?
"Last year we were champions, but the point for
me is are we serial champions? Of course it's
very difficult to win every season, but you can
be a serial champion in your approach and your
"Mentally I can say I am a serial champion. I
can be five or 10 years without winning a title,
but I will still be a serial champion in my
approach and my attitude. This is the problem
we have at this moment. We have champions,
but not serial champions.
"At this moment it's difficult to win the Premier
League, but possible. It's difficult to win the
Champions League, but possible. It's difficult to
win the cups, but possible."
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