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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea won't change attacking style

COBHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Manager Jose Mourinho talks to the media during the Chelsea FC Training press conference ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Champions League match against FC Steaua Bucuresti on December 10, 2013 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Winning mentality: Jose Mourinho has claimed anything less than three points tonight will be viewed as a disappointmentJOSE Mourinho stresses there will be no compromise in Chelsea's attacking approach despite their stuttering recent form.

The self-proclaimed Special One is frustrated at the Blues' shortcomings up front and in defence, admitting even the training aids would have the good fortune to score against his side at present.

Mourinho said: "We have to kill opponents. We have to score goals. We are also conceding goals defensively.

"In this moment if you train defensive corners against the dummies, I think one dummy will score, because all the rebounds they go to the opponents."

Chelsea will bid to respond from Saturday's Premier League loss at Stoke on tonight against Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge and must win to be certain of top spot in Champions League Group E after two losses to Basle.

But Mourinho was adamant Chelsea's style will not be altered, in comments which could be interpreted as a veiled criticism of predecessor Rafael Benitez.

The Chelsea boss said: "Am I going to change the style and play more defensive players? No. Am I going to play David Luiz in front of the central defenders? No.

"Am I going to play with four plus two and the wingers closing behind and leaving Fernando in attack waiting for a counter attack, waiting for a long ball to try to win 1-0? No.

"We go in the same direction."

Chelsea have already qualified for the last 16, but know Basle can overtake them by winning at Schalke. Steaua are out of contention.

In his first season since returning, Mourinho does not expect 2012 European champions Chelsea to be in contention for the trophy in May, with defending champions Bayern Munich, Barcelona and his former side Real Madrid the favourites.

"Our chances this season, which is my first season, are not comparable with the chances other clubs have," said Mourinho, a Champions League winner with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

"We've reached the last 16. If we reach the quarter-finals, which is the next step, I used to say that every team in the quarter-final has a chance to win it, but in my analysis I think we are not considered to be one of the favourites."

Mourinho is eager for his side to put on a good display against the Romanians, who they beat 4-0 in Bucharest at the start of a run of six wins in six games in October.

Mourinho said: "We are the best team in the group. We have to prove it tomorrow and win to finish first.

"We have to win and not just to finish first, also to have the good feeling of winning at home, finishing with 12 points.

"If you tell me now we get a point tomorrow and with that point we are first because of the other result, I don't want (it). I want to have the feeling of winning the game tomorrow.

"I'm going to give a little rest to a couple of players, three of them, but we need to win."

Captain John Terry is among those expected to be rested, but fit-again Brazilians Luiz (knee) and Oscar (ankle) could return.

The Blues boss also confirmed left-back Ashley Cole will start for the first time since the November 2 loss at Newcastle following a rib injury.

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