Chelsea boss: 'I don’t think we have a great team'

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out his side completing a historic double this season.

The Portuguese boss told Spain's Diario Sport that a Premier League and Champions League double is beyond Chelsea this season.

Whether this is simply Mourinho trying to play down expectations - or heap more pressure on to his rivals - in reality, it’s difficult to take the Special One’s words at face-value.

The Chelsea players will certainly feel that they can pick up two trophies this season – and it’s in Mourinho’s nature to have them believe it.

Despite Mourinho recent comments suggesting Chelsea aren’t favourites to win the Premier League, his side currently have a seven point cushion over second place Liverpool (although Manchester City will go top if they win all their games in hand). But Chelsea also have a decent run-in to the end of the season, making a mockery of Mourinho's underdog claims.

Alluding to Manchester City’s three games in hand, Mourinho has said:

'When the whole world has played the same amount of games – I don’t know when that will be, maybe the last week of the season – only then will the table be real'.

In the Champions League, Chelsea go onto the their second-leg last 16 tie with Galatasary holding a slight advantage, after drawing 1-1 in Turkey two weeks ago. 

When asked whether Chelsea could win the Premier League and the Champions League, Mourinho responded negatively:

'I don’t think we have a great team in terms of numbers and experience to face both competitions, but we will try to do the best possible'.

With Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid already qualified for the competition quarter finals, and Real Madrid and Dortmund holding big leads going into their second-leg ties, Chelsea's next opponents will be a challenge - but that's what you get at this stage in Europe's top football competition.

On their day, however, Chelsea need fear no-one - and Mourinho's attempts to play-down the chances of the club's success won't fool anybody.

 

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