Chelsea boss Mourinho plays down Europa League significance

Despite the club only winning the Europa League in May, new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that winning Europe’s secondary competition would be a ‘big disappointment’ reports, BBC Sport.

Chelsea defeated Benfica to win the Europa League under Rafael Benitez, after the club was knocked out at the group stage of the Champions League – just a season after becoming champions of Europe for the first time. Mourinho has also won both competitions with other clubs either side of his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but insists that his intention is to win the Champions League with the Blues.

He said: “That (the Champions League) is the only European competition we have to play and that’s the European competition we have to give our best.” Mourinho added that he also hopes to win the Premier League again, after guiding Chelsea to the title in 2005 and 2006.

The Europa League has been criticised since it replaced the UEFA Cup in 2009, with doubters citing the number of matches that participants are required to play, and its lack of quality in comparison to the Champions League.

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