Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mourinho's Mission; Chelsea's First Premiership Title in 50 Years Is Still Not Enough to Satisfy the Portuguese Perfectionist, Says Matt Hughes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mourinho's Mission; Chelsea's First Premiership Title in 50 Years Is Still Not Enough to Satisfy the Portuguese Perfectionist, Says Matt Hughes

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Byline: MATT HUGHES

FOR all the hype and hub-hub, it was something of a letdown. As many an expectant host could tell you, the thrill of organising a party often beats the excitement of the night itself.

Chelsea fans, though not too many one imagines, have waited 50 years to celebrate a Championship triumph, but still seemed rather subdued.

John Terry collected his most important reward for a magnificent season by raising the Premiership trophy above his head and his predecessor, Roy Bentley, was presented with the 1955 equivalent but the unconfined joy that broke out at Bolton last weekend, or amongst Liverpool fans at Anfield on Tuesday, was conspicuous by its absence. The championship has been in the bag for too long now for its arrival to cause such extremes of emotion.

None of which is to denigrate the superb work done by Jose Mourinho and his excellent squad of players, who have made winning the Premiership appear far easier than it surely is. Such has been Chelsea's dominance of English football this season, confirmed by an 11-point lead at the top of the table, that their failure to win every trophy available has created a sense of what might have been? Anticlimax abounds.

Mourinho had planned to end his first season in England defending his Champions League title in Istanbul, but must now settle for a postseason friendly against the Suwon Bluewings in South Korea. The Portuguese is said to be happy with the trip to Asia, unlike several of his players, but admitted to feelings of frustration. The curse of the perfectionist is that they will never attain true perfection.

Mourinho said: "The only thing that would make me happy would be to win everything. If you ask me if I am happy, I say yes I am happy. But not 100 per cent. I am like this and I don't change.

"This is the motivation. When you have a job in football it is for three reasons. One reason is because you love it. Another reason is because you want a good financial situation for the future of your family. And the next reason is to win titles.

"So you cannot lose the ambition of winning titles, or the passion you have for the game. …

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