Mourinho reflects on 'positive' season, and pays tribute to Lampard

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Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's final game of the season away to Cardiff City on Sunday.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said his side’s season has been positive despite not picking up any silverware this term.

The Blues’ boss cited improvement in the Premier League and Champions League as plusses during his first season back in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their final match of the Premier League season against Cardiff City on Sunday, Mourinho said:

“There was an evolution in every competitive aspect. This season we fought until it was mathematically impossible [in the title race], the previous game. It was an evolution.

"Last year we were relegated into the Europa League. This year we were in the Champions League semi-finals."

It was revealed that Frank Lampard is likely to miss Sunday’s game in the Welsh capital through illness with John Terry and Samuel Eto'o also doubts. But talk of Lampard's absence prompted a couple of questions of whether he, along with Ashley Cole, has played his last game for the club.

The Chelsea manager wouldn’t be drawn on the futures of the players, but paid tribute to the impact that Lampard has had during his time at Stamford Bridge.

"In a few years maybe he will have a statue on the side of Peter Osgood. He is one of the biggest players of this club."

There was also the question of summer transfer targets at Chelsea, with a striker said to be high on the agenda. Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid has been heavily linked to the club.

Mourinho answered questions about potentially signing a striker by saying: “Even in December, January, when all you journalists were asking and trying to understand why we were not bringing in a striker in the January market, I think I was clear in my answer that it was something the club was working on and we were preparing for the long-term future not something that would help us with the immediate short-term goal.

"Wanting a striker is something that is normal. We are going to bring a striker in now is normal. Every team wants to get to the summer transfer window."

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