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Failure is not an option for Blues, says Jose Mourinho

By Nick Purewal

Jose Mourinho believes it would be a "disgrace" if Chelsea lost to League One side Bradford in the FA Cup today as he wants his players to be fighting to succeed in all four competitions.

Chelsea face three important fixtures in eight days, with the Bantams' visit to Stamford Bridge followed by the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool.

Then there is the small matter of a top of the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City, but Mourinho is first and foremost focused on advancing to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Mourinho, whose side play Paris St Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League next month, wants to be in contention on all fronts, even though cup runs are detrimental to Chelsea's ambitions of a first Premier League title in five years.

The Blues boss said: "To help the title race, the best thing is to lose against Bradford and to lose against Liverpool and to lose against Paris St Germain and to play only Premier League games until the end of the season.

"But not with us. Not with our mentality, not with our way of thinking about our job, not with Chelsea DNA.

"The other day, a coach of a big team was knocked out of the cup and he was saying 'good, very good, this is perfect for us, now we can focus on the other competitions'.

"If I lose against Bradford I don't say that. I say it's a disgrace."

Mourinho, who believes fixture congestion means a quadruple is "almost impossible", would rather chase victory in every competition and fall short than not try at all.

"I prefer it very, very difficult, and congested, and lots of matches, and risk of losing everything," he added. "But I can't choose matches, I can't choose competitions. I can't. When we lose, we lose. But we want to win."

Chelsea's desire was evident at Liverpool, where Mourinho spoke of his dislike of a Chelsea fans' song about Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, a player he once tried to sign.

"The last time that Chelsea play against Liverpool with Steven Gerrard in their team will be in the Capital One Cup, the league game (in May), and, who knows, maybe in the FA Cup as well," Mourinho said.

"I feel he was a fantastic opponent and I respect him a lot.

"I'm not trying to do something that Chelsea fans dislike or something to try to make them happy.

"I don't even think about it. I just speak by feeling, by emotion."

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