The Blues were eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week but the Portuguese is convinced his side will bounce back and lift the title
Jose Mourinho insists he has an “unshakeable” belief in his Chelsea players and feels they will have a better chance of securing the Premier League title after their Champions League exit.
Paris Saint-Germain dumped the Blues out of Europe’s elite club competition in midweek – having twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals – and Mourinho subsequently held a meeting with his squad at the club’s training ground earlier this week.
The Portuguese says that the summit has left him even more convinced that his players will finish the season as champions.
“I think our answer is going to be good. I really believe we are going to win,” he told reporters.
“I have the same belief in these players. Unshakeable. Absolutely. Absolutely.
“They responded in the meeting the way I expected: open communication. Nobody afraid to speak, nobody shy. Not everybody spoke, but good opinions, different opinions: one opinion from a goalkeeper, another from a striker.
“Their opinions were based on what they felt on the pitch, different from person to person. People on the bench had a different vision watching from the outside. And we discussed. We closed the chapter.
“What we can do now for ourselves and our club is win the Premier League. There are 11 matches to play in only one competition. Our situation is good. It’s better than anyone else’s. Everybody would love to be in our position.
“This is what we want to do. I closed with the players the chapter on the Champions League. We closed the chapter, but we still have the book to write. Let’s see if the last page of the book is with the Premier League trophy in their hands.”
Mourinho admits that Chelsea’s defeat to the French champions was their lowest moment of the season, but insists that they will bounce back in the coming weeks.
“Chelsea are top of the league since day one. Chelsea are not playing at the same level now as they were for many months, but we have played better than anybody for a long time,” he added.
“People were saying Chelsea were a candidate to win the Champions League because we were playing fantastically, and could win every competition.
“We cannot play fantastically all season. I don’t know one single team who play fantastic all season. We had our lowest point in terms of performance in a moment where we couldn’t have it. We lost a game. We are out of the competition.
“I always react well to set-backs. We are in the most difficult domestic league to win. But that’s what we want.
“We also spoke in that meeting about our future: to try and win the Premier League and, if we do that, a season with a Premier League and a League Cup is a brilliant season. A brilliant season.”