Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Can't Win the Lot, Warns Jubilant Jose; First Victory for Mourinho over Old Foe Wenger

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Can't Win the Lot, Warns Jubilant Jose; First Victory for Mourinho over Old Foe Wenger

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Byline: ANDREW HODGSON

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1

JOSE MOURINHO has ruled out any prospect of a trophy clean sweep for Chelsea this season.

After securing the Premiership and Carling Cup during his first season in charge, Mourinho saw his side claim the Community Shield in Cardiff yesterday with a 2-1 win over title rivals Arsenal.

The victory was even more remarkable given Mourinho left [pounds sterling]90million-worth of talent on the bench, including Hernan Crespo and Shaun Wright-Phillips, and emphasised why the Stamford Bridge outfit are favourites for every tournament they enter.

Yet Mourinho insists it is not possible for Chelsea to win the lot by adding Champions League and FA Cup glory to the trophies they won last season.

"You can never have absolute domination," said the Blues boss. "We have to lose matches, we have to lose competitions. You can never win everything, it is impossible. What we can say is in 14 months we have won everything in English football apart from the FA Cup.

"That is good for us as a group and good for Chelsea Football Club. It gives us a lot of confidence and happiness, but on Tuesday all I will be doing is thinking about our match at Wigan next Sunday."

Yesterday's victory was a personal triumph for Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba, who struggled in his first season at Chelsea following a [pounds sterling]24million move from Marseille.

Although a strike rate of 16 goals in 41 appearances might be impressive for some front-men, the demands for success at Chelsea, and the competition for places, means it was dismissed as a failure.

However, Mourinho believes Drogba's impressive double will be the start of a much-improved campaign for the 27-year-old. The Portuguese-said: "It is normal for the second season to be better than the first for most new signings.

"He knows the club, his teammates, the style of play and our opponents. He has also started the season properly, unlike last year when he arrived late and then suffereda major injury. …

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