Portuguese wants the Blues to be quick out of the blocks next campaign.
Returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has said that his side’s impressive form in preseason will count for nothing if they do not then beat newly promoted top-flight outfit Hull City in their opening Premier League fixture of the new campaign, reports the Daily Mail.
The west London club are currently embarking on the second leg of their arduous summer tour of the Far East and the United States, with the Blues having so far won all four warm-up fixtures in Asia.
And Mourinho’s side continued that fine unbeaten record in their first match of the Guinness International Champions Cup against Serie A giants Inter Milan on Friday morning, beating the Italians 2-0 thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Oscar.
However, the self-styled ‘Special One’ has claimed that, while important for the team’s morale ahead of the new campaign, those pre-season victories will mean absolutely nothing if Chelsea then proceed to slip up against Steve Bruce’s Tigers at Stamford Bridge on Sunday Aug 18.
“What would it mean to win this tournament? To be fair, not a lot,” said Mourinho.
“It’s four wins from four in pre-season, but we have zero points. The match we have to win is the match against Hull City. But even in friendlies it’s better to win than lose and finally we’ve played against a good team because our opponents in Asia were not so strong.”
The Portuguese made his dramatic return to the Bridge earlier this summer for a second spell in charge of the Blues, six years after his acrimonious departure from the club where he had enjoyed so much success, with ‘Mou’ winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, Chelsea’s first top-flight crowns for half a century.