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By ESPN Staff
Jul 28, 2006

Jose: Superstars egos present no big problem

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced he can control the huge personalities and egos at the club.

The colourful Portuguese boss has further swelled his star-studded squad with the captures of Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack this summer.

And Mourinho admits he could have a problem if those players think more about themselves than their team-mates.

But, having won the Premiership in the last two seasons, the former Porto boss is not worrying about managing his players.

Mourinho said: 'It is dependant on egos and personalities.

'If these big players have the desire to win and think that the team is bigger than the individual then it easy to work.

'But if the top players think about themselves more than other things then we have a problem.

'But I want everybody to go in the right direction and put the team in first place. After that I think things are easy.'

Ballack will arrive in America on Sunday but Shevchenko certainly puts his team-mates before himself.

The Ukraine international said: 'This is a fantastic group of players, young players, and not just names.

'This is a great group and there is a great togetherness within the team.

'For me I always place the team first and it is a team that wins the league. I would just like to help win the Champions League.'

The former AC Milan striker believes Chelsea now have the ability to lift the Champions League this season.

Shevchenko added: 'Football is very unpredictable.

'There are many great teams, great players and great managers but this team's objective is to win the Champions League.

'You can't tell how things are going to turn out but this team has the quality to make it there.'

Mourinho was more than happy to know that Shevchenko was a team player as his performances at the World Cup - in skippering Ukraine to the knock-out stages - showed.

But he was reluctant to agree that Shevchenko will make the difference between success and failure in Europe for Chelsea.

The Stamford Bridge boss said: 'I don't like to put that kind of pressure on any individual.

'This is about the team and the reason we are champions is because we are a champion team.

'We know Andriy is a big player and has scored goals all his life and he will score goals for Chelsea no doubt about that.

'I read a few interviews with him in the summer and he said exactly what I said. He said it's about the team and not individual success.

'He will help bring us more quality and he has the kind of mentality we're looking for.'