Jose Mourinho vows not to become obsessed by Champions League at Chelsea

Mourinho failed to lift the European Cup in his previous spell in charge, or at Real Madrid
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Jose Mourinho said that he would not allow himself to be obsessed by the Champions League during his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

In his first three years at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea lost two dramatic semi-finals to Liverpool, in 2005 and 2007, and were knocked out at the last-16 by Barcelona in 2006. Although Mourinho won the trophy at Porto and Internazionale, his three years at Real Madrid were similarly frustrating, with three semi-final defeats.

But Mourinho said earlier he was experienced enough to understand the unpredictability of knock-out European football.

“By having, I think, 108 Champions League matches and so many consecutive seasons in Champions League competition, I learned that not just the details make the difference, but also that sometimes it's not when you're team is in the best moment that you win. Sometimes you win and you don't know really why you do, and sometimes you play well and you lose and don't know why.

“Champions League cannot be an obsession for me. I've won it twice, and would be happy to win it again, but Chelsea have won it too. So it's not an obsession. Let's work, with quality and work hard, and we'll be there fighting for that objective. One day it will happen.”