Mourinho talks Chelsea priorities, chief rivals

Jose Mourinho has insisted Chelsea will not prioritise one competition as they prepare for an assault on the UEFA Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup trophies. 

"The next match is the important one," he said. "If our next match is the Champions League, the Champions League is our competition.

"And the same with the cups, because we know what the English cups mean, especially the FA Cup. And we want to play every competition with this mentality, so for us, no priorities."

Mourinho won back-to-back Premier League trophies, the FA Cup and two League Cups during his first spell at Chelsea. However, the Champions League, which he has lifted with Porto and Inter Milan, remained elusive.

The Portuguese named Manchester United and Manchester City, the two most recent winners of the Premier League and both also under new management, as his main competition in England.

"In European football we have more candidates, and because of that it's more difficult to win, but we want to be there and we will be fighting for [the Champions League]."

Mourinho said he would try to instill a winning culture from his very first game on Wednesday against the Singha All-Star XI, who shocked Manchester United 1-0 last week in David Moyes's debut in charge.

In this moment I'm so happy with the people I have here that I'm not thinking about other players.
Jose Mourinho

Mourinho, known for his meticulous attention to detail, said he had sent his assistant to scout Saturday's game and give him a tactical blueprint of the opponents, whom he rated as dangerous.

"I don't like to lose, the players don't like to lose. For sure, tomorrow my boys will try to get a result. Losing is not a drama, losing doesn't change anything in the team.

"But it's not nice, we don't like it. Winning is part of the culture and if you can do that even in friendly matches, you have to do it."

Mourinho also deflected the latest transfer speculation, which includes links with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, Christian Benteke of Aston Villa and even 35-year-old former Chelsea ace Didier Drogba.

He said: "Managers of big clubs are connected with everybody until August 31. That's the old story in football – rumours and rumours and rumours – and at the end of the day, after so many rumours, something becomes true.

"But in this moment I'm so happy with the people I have here that I'm not thinking about other players."