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Ivanovic Welcomes Suarez At Chelsea? And Mourinho Doesn’t Want To Retain Europa League

I don’t want to win the Europa League – Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho under pressure at Madrid

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stated during an interview that he doesn’t want to see Chelsea battling to retain Europa League this season. Chelsea who had won the Champions League the year before failed to retain it and ended up winning Europa League last season, and the Blues manager is not particularly interested in him team playing in the Thursday night competition.

Talking to the BBC Sport, Mourinho said, 

“I don’t want to win the Europa League. It would be a big disappointment for me. I don’t want my players to feel the Europa League is our competition.”

“[The Champions League] is the only European competition we have to play and that’s the European competition [in which] we have to give our best.”

The Portuguese, who did win the Champions League with Porto back in 04/05 and repeated the feat again with Inter Milan in 10/11, said he is targeting more Premier League success after winning two league titles in his first spell at Chelsea.

 “The most important thing in football is to be the best team in the season and try to win your domestic league,” he remarked. “In our case, it’s the most important league in Europe, so we have to try and be the best team and win the Premier League.”

During his first spell with the Blues, he guided Chelsea to bag the coveted league title twice, first in 2004-05 and then in 2005-06. So, after returning at Stamford Bridge, it is quite anticipated that Mourinho’s primary aim will be to clinch the league title.

Moving on, whereas Luis Suarez is in the epicentre of transfer rumours regarding his possible move to Chelsea, everyone has forgotten how it would be when the two characters of the infamous bite-gate will play side by side.

Branislav Ivanovic, who was the victim of the incident, insisted that he would not have any problem playing with the Uruguayan striker, if he finally comes to Chelsea.

“About Luis Suarez, I said straight after the game [in April], whatever happened on the field finished there,” the 29-year-old Serbia international told reporters at a pre-match press conference in Bangkok.

In April last year, Suarez bit the arm of Ivanovic during a corner-kick of Chelsea versus Liverpool match. He was severely criticised for this and received a ten match suspension for this incident. But now Ivanovic insists that he has moved on and do not want to dwell in the past.