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By ESPN Staff

Mourinho 'fighting on four fronts'

Jose Mourinho has urged his Chelsea squad to retain focus as they continue to press for both domestic and European honours.

The Blues reached the Carling Cup final earlier this week with victory over Wycombe, and will look to move into the last 16 of the FA Cup when they host Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

With their European campaign resuming next month against Mourinho's former club Porto and Premiership leaders Manchester United still in sight, there is certainly all to play for.

The Chelsea boss, however, knows plenty of hard work lies ahead before any silverware will rest at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho said: 'We still fight battles on four fronts, but we can take nothing as done.

'Now we must focus and keep thinking.

'We must play with belief in our ability. The prizes are getting closer.'

Skipper John Terry - who spent a loan spell at the City Ground in 2000 - is stepping up his recovery from a back problem.

However, the England captain is still some way from a first-team return and is scheduled to resume to full training at the start of next week.

Dutch full-back Khalid Boulahrouz (knee) is also expected to increase his rehabilitation work, while winger Arjen Robben's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared.

Sunday could see Andriy Shevchenko given another chance to lead the attack.

The Ukraine striker was criticised for a lack of impact at Stamford Bridge following his club record £30million move from AC Milan in the summer.

He also recently found himself accused of causing dressing-room unrest due to a close personal relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.

However, following 10 games without a goal, the 30-year-old was back on target in midweek as the Blues secured their place in the final of the Carling Cup with a 4-0 win over Wycombe.

Shevchenko hopes it is the start of better things to come for him at the west-London club.

'After more than a month, it is very important for a striker to score goals again,' he said.

'It was also important to play well, and the support from the fans was incredible.

'Now it is all much better and I believe in the future.'

Mourinho had ignored the striker after the Premiership defeat at Liverpool last weekend - but was full of praise for Shevchenko's efforts when recalled to the starting XI.

'He needed the performance more than the goals,' said Mourinho.

'He had the effort, the commitment, the aggressiveness and the desire - all the ingredients that we want in our players, plus the quality for scoring goals he has.'