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Jose Mourinho: Chelsea Lack of Mental Strength

Jose Mourinho claims he has to build the “mentality of champions” into the Chelsea side he has inherited.

Manager Mourinho also warned the west Londoners’ fans they should steel themselves for a season of “ups and downs” while he transforms the mindset of his squad.

Chelsea are fifth after the first six games, having won just one of their last four, and Mourinho said: “We have to be better.

“We have to score more goals, to defend better than we have, to be more consistent from the first minute to the last one.

“We’re not strong enough now to have that run of victory-victory-victory that we want. We will. For sure. But not now.

“It will come from work, work, work.

“I need to change their mentality, make them feel and accept the responsibility of playing for a big club with big ambitions, where we can’t go win-lose-win-lose.

“But this mental stability is hard to get.”

Mourinho, who insisted the table would provide a truer reflection of the state of play come the end of November, will ask Samuel Eto’o to become the first Chelsea striker to score in the league this season when the Blues visit Norwich on Sunday.

And the Portuguese suggested he was having to rectify the mental flaws bequeathed by previous managers Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo and his old foe Rafa Benitez.

He added: “Two years ago, we won the Champions League but finished sixth [in the Premier League], 25 points behind.

“Last year, we were out of it [the title race] by December or January.

“You cannot win leagues with this kind of team personality.

“Yes, there were some fantastic performances, but it’s better to win eight games 1-0 than win one game 8-0 and lose points in other matches.

“This is the mentality we have to build.

“Before, they learned how to live without pain in a situation where, with that other mentality, it would be painful.

“The day I lose and go home with a smile – it’ll be ‘Goodbye!’ I finish!”

Mourinho revealed his response to Tuesday’s Champions League win over Steaua in Bucharest was to tell his players they had “cleaned the garbage” of the home defeat by Basel in their opening group game.

“We know we can’t win every game, every competition,” he said. “But we have to play every game of every competition to win.

“Then, if you lose because the other team was better, you accept it without a drama.

“After Basel, I told them they could not cry or be depressed, that they couldn’t hide, and to go and clean the garbage.

“I will tell them at Norwich, ‘Don’t drop that garbage again.”’

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