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Jose Mourinho believes winning the Champions League is the best way to qualify

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Chelsea's season has been nothing short of a disaster so far and their hopes of reaching the top four in the Premier League appear to be dead and buried following their 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

However, instead of focusing on next season's competition, Jose Mourinho has his mind focused on this campaign and their tie with his former club FC Porto on Wednesday evening.

The Blues currently sit top of Group G - level on points with the Portuguese outfit - and know a win would guarantee their place in the knockout stages.

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But given their indifferent home form, nothing is set in stone and Chelsea fans will be suitably concerned heading into their final group game.

"We want to play Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern - we want to play all the big teams and for that we need to win tomorrow."

However, Mourinho has assured supporters they will be doing everything within their power to win this year's competition, as he believes that is the best way they can qualify for the tournament once again. 

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As per Sky Sports, the Special One said: "I know that in this moment, it looks that to win the Europa League would be an easier way to be in the Champions League next season than to finish in the top four.

"But there is another possibility, which is to win the Champions League. Yes, it is harder than winning the Europa League, but this is the competition where we are.

"I was always against the teams that are knocked out of the Champions League going to the Europa League because I think there is such a difference in the level of competition.

"We want to play Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern - we want to play all the big teams and for that we need to win tomorrow."

PRESSURE

Mourinho is under significant pressure at Stamford Bridge and reports have suggested he could be sacked even if Chelsea advance to the next round of the Champions League. 

Blues fans have stuck with their manager through thick and thin, but it does seem that Roman Abramovich's patience is beginning to wear thin as their disastrous start to the season continues.

That is exactly what it was expected to be, a start. But we are now almost halfway through the season and the west London club shows no signs of improving. 

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