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By ESPN Staff
Aug 5, 2006

Jose angry at CL seeding, SWP staying on

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has branded UEFA's criteria to put his team among the Champions League second seeds as 'silly'.

However the outspoken Portuguese boss insisted he was not attacking European football's governing body.

Chelsea are behind Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the Champions League rankings for the coming season, despite winning the Premiership for the past two seasons and getting to the semi-final of club football's top competition.

That has clearly been playing on his mind, although he is more than happy to take on one of the big guns in the group stages.

'We are second seeds,' said Mourinho. 'There are four English teams in the competition and I don't remember when Liverpool were English champions. Manchester United were fours years ago, Arsenal three years ago but Chelsea were champions for two consecutive years.

'We are second seeds and that's silly but that is UEFA's criteria.

'I don't go against it, I just enjoy it because we will play some very good teams in the group stages.

'Barcelona, Real Madrid and possibly Milan and Inter are in the first pot so it's very enjoyable to have a big team.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips, meanwhile, insists he never considered quitting Chelsea despite a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

The former Manchester City winger has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after finding himself out of favour.

That resulted in Wright-Phillips being left out of England's World Cup squad.

But the talented star has brushed himself down and is relishing the chance to shine this season.

'I never thought about leaving,' said Wright-Phillips. 'It never even went that far.

'I am only 24 now and I am not thinking about going anywhere.'