Can Chelsea balance Champions League desire with Premier League challenge?

Mourinho Dugout

Jose Mourinho has indicated it’s all about the Champions League for Chelsea next season.

It’s a competition Mourinho always wanted to win during his first spell as the boss of Chelsea and he’s suggested that last season’s Europa League victory is not the sort of trophy the club should be aiming for.

It seems very clear that Mourinho will gear up his side for a big crack at winning the European Cup next season but it’s very important that the club doesn’t take one eye off of the Premier League title.

“I don't want to win the Europa League. It would be a big disappointment for me. I don't want my players to feel the Europa League is our competition,” Mourinho told the BBC.

Chelsea head into a domestic season filled with unpredictability where they can’t afford to make a single mistake as they look to wrestle the Premier League title back from the North West.

They are in a great position with a boss who knows nothing but success, who knows the league and also knows how to win in Europe.

Chelsea have added well to their squad so far this summer, increasing the numbers of adding depth to the squad, which should give them the best possible chance of being able to maintain consistency across all competitions.

The danger comes with the Premier League games Chelsea have just after the Champions League matches.

No European fixture is easy to win and if Mourinho makes it clear to his players that the Champions League is the one tournament he wants them to win over everything else, there will be knock on effects to those games.

The intensity levels for European games are sometimes so high that it’s impossible to expect key players at the club to be able to perform to the same level in the Premier League a few days later.

That’s where the squad comes in and the danger is that using squad players for important Premier League games following European matches, could go some way to costing Chelsea points in the title race.

“In our case, it's the most important league in Europe, so we have to try and be the best team and win the Premier League,” he added.

It’s all about balance and being able to find the right mixture of talent and experience blended together at the right times and used in the right ways.

Don’t expect Chelsea to take their foot off the gas in any competition next season but Mourinho does have to be very careful that he doesn’t let his passion to win the Champions League override the club’s chances of winning other trophies.

What would you like to see Chelsea win next season? Would you take a Champions League title instead of the Premier League?

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