Mourinho on Chelsea changes, Champions League importance and third seasons

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Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's Champions League group stage game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he will make changes for Wednesday night's opening Champions League group game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Mourinho and his side go into the continental contest in rather unfamiliar circumstances, given that they have started the Premier League season terribly by winning one and losing three of their opening five games. 

He didn't mention which changes he would make, but did say that he needed to try a new dynamic and will continue to turn a deaf ear to those speculating on what he may or may not do.

He said: "I know exactly the consequences of that, but again I cannot be worried about what you say and what you write. I just have to be worried about my players and, yes, I am going to make a couple of changes."

Mourinho said progressing in the Champions League beyond the group stages is important for his side, stressing that his side is not a 'Europa League' team, but denied any notion of prioritising European competition ahead of their title defence.

He added: "In the Champions League we need to qualify because we are a Champions League team. We need to qualify because it’s important for the club’s status and it is important economically.

"If we can get tomorrow three points it will be a first step for that."

The Chelsea boss said Oscar is available for tomorrow's game after missing recent matches through injury, while Radamel Falcao has been ruled out due to a 'slight' problem in his tendon.

But there was one point in the press conference when he wasn't happy - when facing questions about a third season at Stamford Bridge and his future. 

He said: "My third season in Porto, I didnt have a third season. My third season in Inter I didn't have a third season. My third season at Chelsea I won the FA Cup and Carling Cup and played Champions League semi-finals. Real Madrid I won the Super Cup, lost the Cup final and played the Champions League semi-finals. Click Google and stop with the stupid questions."

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