Jose Mourinho has hinted that the Chelsea team were not strong enough to win the Champions League this year.
In a press conference yesterday, Mourinho promised to nurture his ''beautiful young eggs'' and make them title contenders.
Known for his unique way with words, the Blues boss when asked what kind of players he has now bizarrely compared his squad to eggs, he said: “Beautiful, young eggs. Eggs that need a mum, in this case... a dad... to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them."
The 50 year-old Portuguese coach went on to say: “One day the moment will arrive when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level.”
Chelsea begin their European campaign against FC Basel in a mid week clash this evening. However the Blues boss has admitted he is not obsessed with winning the hugely desired Champions League.
In his first spell at Stamford Bridge Mourinho lead Chelsea to an abundance of Silverware including two Premier League titles, two league cups and an FA cup but the Champions League trophy always evaded him whilst managing the Blues.
The former Real Madrid boss stated: ''If you think, as we do in the club, about the evolution of the players and the team, it's important for them to play on a big stage like the Champions League.
''Let's go for this campaign. Everybody is happy to be back in the Champions League. Nobody, not even the fans in the quarter-finals and semis when Stamford Bridge was half empty, was happy to be in the Europa League.
''This is the competition everyone wants. We want to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League.
''Do we want to win the competition, or to reach the semi-finals?"
Mourinho concluded: ''We want nothing. I want to qualify, for now, for the next phase. That would be important for everyone, not least for this team of kids.
Chelsea's colourful manager will feel all eyes on him in tomorrows game after a 1-0 defeat this weekend against Everton, the Blues will be expected to bounce back in the Champions League.
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