Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stated that winning the Premier League this season will not be an easy task, Belfast Telegraph reports.
The 50-year-old thinks that things are much tougher for him since he returned to manager Chelsea from Real Madrid this season and that he needs to cure a team that is plagued with inconsistency.
In spite of winning the Champions League in the 2011/2012 season, the team only managed to finish sixth in the Premier League, 14 points behind Manchester United and 25 points adrift of title winners Manchester City.
Mourinho said, “If you see the position of Chelsea in the last leagues and the difference of points from Chelsea to the champions, you can imagine that even with a magic click – that I don’t have – it’s not easy to recover 20 points. It’s more than one click.
“For a club like us it’s not good to be 15, 20 points behind.
“We need to win seven matches 1-0, not win one match 7-0 and lose the other six, or lose points.
“This is the kind of mentality that you have to build. And it’s much more difficult.
“I had a team of players in the best moment, potentially, of their career (in his first spell as boss).
“I needed a click to make them believe. At this moment, in terms of building a team, the task is different.”
Carlo Ancelotti won the title with Chelsea in the 2009/2010 season and finished second in the 2010/2011 season after which he left the club.
The Portuguese tactician is sure that his team can win the Premier League if they change their style of play.
Mourinho added: ”We need to be more consistent. I don’t think we are strong enough at this moment to have that kind of run of victory, victory, victory.
“We will, for sure, we will. In this moment I don’t think we are.”
The mentality required is one where players “feel and accept the responsibility to play for a big club with big ambitions, where you cannot fail, where you cannot play one good game, one bad game, win one game, lose another”.
Mourinho said that after he first left Chelsea in 2007 the players ”learned how to live without pain in a situation with another kind of mentality would be a painful situation”.
The manager constantly tells his players to pull up their socks – which they did against Steaua Bucharest after losing their Champions League against FC Basel.
He said: “We did garbage, we clean the garbage. ‘We did garbage against Basel, we clean the garbage today’.”
Losing a match is something that does not go down well with Mourinho.
He added: “I keep saying the day I lose a match and go home with a smile on my face, goodbye. Finished.
“We know we cannot win every game. We know we cannot win every competition, but we have to play every game of every competition to win.
“If you do that and you lose, don’t go with a smile on your face, but you’ll sleep fine. Because you’ll know you had the right approach, you gave everything.
“The opponent won because the opponent was better than you and that is something you have to accept without being a drama. The right mentality we have to find.”