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Sep 17, 2013

Jose Mourinho: No UCL obsession

Jose Mourinho believes he "left something" at Chelsea that contributed to their 2012 Champions League win, adding that meant he did not feel he had unfinished business in the competition with the Blues.

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He said winning a third Champions League trophy for himself and a second for the Stamford Bridge side was an "objective" rather than an obsession.

Mourinho never got beyond the semi-finals of the competition during his first spell at Chelsea, but denied that had created any pressure for him to go further.

"I don't think you can look at it in that perspective," he said. "For me, the important thing is that Chelsea had a dream, and the dream came true by winning the Champions League.

"It's normal that, if you win it once, you dream to win it twice. That happened to me. And, when I won it the second time, I dreamed to win it a third time. That's the nature of football.

"But when you work in a club and prepare for the future, wanting to leave something in the club that remains for years, your business doesn't finish the day you leave. Your business finishes the day everything you did disappears.

"So, for example, the other day I was looking at Real Madrid's team and Real Madrid played the same system, the same players, and changed just [Gareth] Bale for [Mesut] Ozil. I'm not there, but I left something there. With Chelsea, it's a bit the same. I never felt the business was unfinished."

He said he had felt that Chelsea "deserved to win it one day" and added: "It's a hard history before, a hard history to take. It started in my time with the semi-final we lost and it was not a goal. The next year, we lost the semi-final on penalties. The season after, they lost the final with penalties again [to Manchester United].

"So when Chelsea won the Champions League, they probably did it in the year nobody was expecting them to. But the fact they did, they made justice for the club and for the players who did so much to touch that cup."

On Wednesday, Mourinho and Chelsea face FC Basel at Stamford Bridge in the coach's first Champions League game back at the club.

He said: "My last match with Chelsea was also a Champions League match at Stamford Bridge [a 1-1 draw with Rosenborg in September 2007]. Champions League is still a competition I like very much to play. I have 108 matches and I want more.

"And 108 matches is a lot of matches, and it's in quite a short period of time. So that means my relationship with the competition is not so bad. Winning the competition twice means something.

"But I never felt during these 108 matches that many strange things happened. I have to believe it's just football, no more than football, and I have to focus not on the past, but on the future.

"As I was saying, no obsession for me. No obsession for Chelsea. But I want to win it for a third time. I want Chelsea to win it for a second time."

Before the 2007 Rosenberg game, Mourinho had bemoaned his inability to strengthen his squad, saying: "When the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem."

Ahead of the Basel game, he was asked what type of eggs he has now and said: "Beautiful young eggs. Eggs that need a mum -- or in this case a dad -- to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them. One day, the moment will arrive when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level.

"This is the beginning of a process, also, for the Champions League. I could choose a team tomorrow with the most experienced players, but I'm choosing one with four under-22s because that's a core we need to develop. Let's see what happens and go for it."

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