Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has challenged his side to turn results into titles after their 5-0 away drubbing of Schalke 04 in Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions’ League group stage, which put the Blues in the last 16 of the competition as group winners.
Mourinho’s current English Premier League leaders brushed asside former Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo’s inefective Schalke side in the Veltins-Arena with first-half goals coming from John Terry, Willian and an own goal from Jan Kirchoff before Didier Drogba and Ramires scored two more in the second period to make it 5-0 in Gelsenkirchen.
But Mourinho says they need to win titles at the end of the season if they want to be known as one of Chelsea’s great teams.
“For this team to be so good or better than other Chelsea teams, it needs to win (titles),” he said.
“At this moment we have zero titles, we have to transform the quality of our game into the results. We have to try to win things to get into Chelsea’s history as a brilliant team which also wins something.”
There was no disguising Mourinho’s delight at drubbing Schalke as Di Matteo remains the only Chelsea coach to have won the Champions League, in May 2012, only to be sacked six months later.
“The team played a fantastic match. At this moment this team is very mature and very confident,” said Mourinho.
“To win 5-0 away in the Champions League is not normal. To win 5-0 in Germany is even more not normal. The performance was complete over the 90 minutes. It was very impressive. Obviously we can lose and the bad result is waiting for us. But the reality is the team is playing very well.”
The Portuguese boss could not resist lecturing Di Matteo who is just eight matches into his job, and had his four-match unbeaten home record ended in brutal fashion by his former club.
“I think the best comfort they can take is that they lost against a very good team, a team who gave them no chances,” he said.
“From the first minute, Chelsea were stronger and put in the perfect match and the perfect performance.”
“You have to accept it and move on. Tomorrow is another day and at the weekend is another match. They have to accept the opponents were better and keep going.”
Striker Diego Costa came off for the last 25 minutes with a knock to the leg, but Mourinho said the Spain international, who has scored 11 goals this season, will be fit to face Sunderland in the English Premier League this weekend.