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Chelsea manager confident of Champions League progression

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side are in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League this season.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the Portuguese tactician revealed he is content with the Blues' chances of progressing from Group E after breezing past Bundesliga outfit Schalke at the Veltins-Arena last night.

"I know we have two games at home, and I know normally we are going to get enough points to qualify. At this moment, with six points, we can think firstly about qualifying. After that we can maybe think about finishing first in the group, that's what we will try to do," he explained.

Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to FC Basel at Stamford Bridge on the opening night of the competition.

However, Mourinho feels the 4-0 rout of Steaua Bucharest balanced the books before the latest win over Jens Keller's men boosted the Blues' hopes of topping the group.

"After the first game we were last because we lost at home and now we are top of the group. Because of my experience I was not in hell after the first game and I'm not in heaven after tonight, I'm calm," he declared.

"We were under pressure after the first game, after the second game we found a balance and now, after this victory, we are in a good position."

With Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres both netting in impressive performances in the last five days, Chelsea seem to have turned their fortunes round regarding the potency of their strike-force.

The pair face little competition from Mourinho's third option up front, Demba Ba, who is stuck on a mere six goals for the club since joining from Newcastle United in 2011.

However, Mourinho insists he demands only one thing from his attacking trio in order to stand a chance of finding minutes on the pitch.

"To be fair, there is one consistency I always want from them all, Fernando, Samuel and Demba, which is to work hard for the team."

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