Chelsea confidence growing after dismal start – Mourinho

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Chelsea go into their Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv hoping their return to winning ways in the Premier League will continue into Europe.

Chelsea confidence growing after dismal start – Mourinho

Chelsea go into their Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv hoping their return to winning ways in the Premier League will continue into Europe.

SHOWS: HAIFA, ISRAEL (NOVEMBER 23, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA COACH JOSE MOURINHO SAYING:

“We didn’t qualify yet but we are okay, we have everything in our hands. We can still finish first. If not first, second. But we depend on a result and it would be good for us to qualify tomorrow. And to qualify tomorrow I think we need a victory and maybe it’s not enough, But I think it’s important to try to win tomorrow and if we play like we are playing, I think we have a chance because we did well against Norwich, we did well in previous matches where we lost.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA COACH JOSE MOURINHO SAYING:

“Well, tomorrow is simple. If we lose we are in trouble, if we lose we depend of other results. If we get a draw we can qualify in the last game but we cannot be first. If we win maybe we qualify tomorrow and we have a chance, a big chance to finish first. So the result tomorrow is very important for us.”

STORY: Chelsea are growing in confidence after a poor start to the season and optimistic for Champions League qualification ahead of Tuesday’s tie against last-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday (November 23).

The Blues beat Norwich 1-0 courtesy of a Diego Costa goal on Saturday to end a run of three straight Premier League defeats and climb to 15th in the table.

Chelsea are three points behind leaders Porto and two points clear of Dynamo Kiev, with Maccabi yet to record a win in Champions League Group G.

“We didn’t qualify yet but we are okay, we have everything in our hands. We can still finish first. If not first, second. But we depend on a result and it would be good for us to qualify tomorrow. And to qualify tomorrow I think we need a victory and maybe it’s not enough,” Mourinho told the media.

“But I think it’s important to try to win tomorrow and if we play like we are playing, I think we have a chance because we did well against Norwich, we did well in previous matches where we lost.

“Tomorrow is simple. If we lose we are in trouble, if we lose we depend of other results. If we get a draw we can qualify in the last game but we cannot be first. If we win maybe we qualify tomorrow and we have a chance, a big chance to finish first. So the result tomorrow is very important for us,” he added.

Mourinho, 52, has been under pressure for most of this season and recently said the chances of Chelsea retaining their Premier League title was now “mission impossible”.

The Portuguese is comfortable with Chelsea’s Champions League progress, with only one defeat in four matches — against Porto on Sept. 28.

Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Slavisa Jokanovic said he expected his team to be competitive.

“I expect we are going to improve today in the game and I expected too we are going to try (to be) a little bit more competitive, we will try to win some points, we try to win this game. This is our target for tomorrow’s game,” he said.

Chelsea’s final Champions League group match is a home fixture against Porto on Dec. 9.

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