Failing to regain the Premier League title would not make this season a failure, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The Stamford Bridge club kick-off their title defence against Swansea City tomorrow, and Mourinho believes a successful season is determined by the performances of his side, and not the silverware they pick up.
The Blues cantered to their first title in five years last season, finishing eight points clear of Manchester City, and the Portuguese boss has moved to take the pressure of his current crop of players when it comes to defending their crown.
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As seen on Chelsea TV, Mourinho said: "You can have a good season and somebody was better than you, I don't consider that a failure and I don't consider that a bad season. A bad season is if you don't perform, a bad season is if you are so bad that in October you are 15 points behind the leader and you lose every cup and you arrive in March and have no chance to win anything.
"You have a good season if you progress in the cups, in the championship and you compete at the highest level against the best team. In the end if somebody was better than you then I don't think it was a failure, I think credit to the others."
The Chelsea boss also acknowledged the club need a new left-back following the departure of Felipe Luis to Atletico Madrid. The Stamford Bridge club currently have Cesar Azpilicueta as their only option.
Bertrand Traore played on the left hand side of defence during the friendly defeat to Fiorentina, but the youngster is more effective when deployed in his preferred role as a winger.
So far Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao have been the only additions to the squad this summer as Chelsea struggle to get business complete. Something that has irked Mourinho all summer.
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