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'It is unbelievable that we lost that game [against Stoke City] like it was unbelievable that we lost at Everton,' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is quoted by West London Sport to have said today, Tuesday, ahead of his side's home tie against Champions League group game opponents Steaua Bucharest.
The charismatic Portuguese faced a mild media grilling over comments he had made prior, over how Chelsea were seemingly 'in trouble', to which Mourinho clarified that he did not mean because of their Premier League position.
They are, after all, a comfortable third with '17 teams in more trouble [than Chelsea]', but troubled in the sense that because of their first-half performance against Stoke they should have, in Mourinho's words, been 4-0 up but, instead, they go on to concede and, ultimately, lose.
For the Blues boss, it is an unbelievable loss.
Maybe it is because of this why he doubts Chelsea's chances in the Champions League. The West Londoners are atop Group E with nine points returned from five matches and their final opponents Steaua are yet to register a single win. The Romanians have also conceded nine goals.
It is not because of form why Mourinho has played down Chelsea's challenge of the European trophy, no… Jose reckons there has been too much upheaval at the club, particularly when compared to more stable rivals across the continent.
He is quoted by the Daily Mail to have said: 'Our chances this season, my first season, are not comparable with the chances of other clubs. Other clubs have completely different stability, squads, evolution of the team to be considered the favourites to win the competition.
'My favourites are Bayern – European champions and a top club, with a new manager but the same players and team of unbelievable stability, who won it last year, were in the final the year before and a final in 2010 - Barcelona and Real Madrid. These three teams are, clearly in terms of potential and responsibilities, in front.'
He concluded: 'Other teams are very strong and when one of these arrives in the last eight, anything can happen. These teams are obviously Manchester City, United, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, a group of teams.
'We are still in the first phase but in the last 16 we will find some difficult opponents. Some important teams can finish second: City, Dortmund, Juventus, but could beat any of those who finish first.'
And finally, even though Cesar Azpilicueta has leap-frogged Ashley Cole into the first choice left back role, Mourinho still believes the Englishman has a future there, lauding him as a 'fantastic guy' who may not recover his position but 'will always play and always be a good player'.
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