And with every passing week, it does appear that the London club will end up without a trophy. Out of the FA Cup and the League Cup, Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday by Atletico Madrid.
Mourinho’s men can still win the Premier League, but for that to happen, they will need to have both Liverpool and Manchester City drop points.
Even though the Portuguese boss has consistently claimed that his team will be ready to challenge the big boys only next season, there is one Chelsea player who has come out and admitted that their 2013-14 campaign will be a bitter disappointment if they end up empty-handed.
David Luiz has been one of the most important players for Chelsea this season and has looked very accomplished in his defensive midfield role. The Brazil international started the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie against Atletico at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and could not eclipse his disappointment after the defeat.
‘You can say it is a s**t season if you don’t have trophies in a season at a big club’, The Mirror quotes the 27-year-old as saying. ‘That is true. We are a big club and we want to win trophies. We keep fighting in the league. We cannot win automatically. It will be difficult.
‘We have many fantastic players and everyone wants to win trophies. It is normal when you sit at home and watch television to see Chelsea fighting for trophies. We need to be a man, and it is not always possible to win. The season we won it (the Champions League) was a s**t season until the end and then we won two titles at the end’.
Luiz’s feelings after suffering defeat seem genuine and provide an insight into how professional footballers react after losing a big game. Mourinho may be adept at playing mind games and taking the pressure off his players, but sometimes it is better to just admit the truth and express the disappointment.