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Jose Mourinho: It would be better for us to qualify tomorrow


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says the focus is all on tomorrow's Champions League game against Schalke 04.

The Blues have a comfortable lead in Group G but the Portuguese warned against complacency and the risk of crashing out of the competition.

"I am not here to speak about Roberto Di Matteo, I am here to speak about the game tomorrow," Mourinho said.

"The reality is we need points. I think this team is one state of its evolution where to go into the Europa League would be very bad.

"A team gets better and the evolution is faster when you play in the best competition against the best teams.

"Maybe we drop into Europa league. If we lose two matches we go into the Europa League. It makes no sense to talk about quarter-finals or anything else.

"We need points to play in the Champions League and that is why we are here, we are here to get points.

"We have two matches, but obviously it would be better for us to qualify tomorrow.

"We have so many matches in December that if we can avoid a crucial match against Sporting to decide Champions League qualification and that pressure, it would be very good for us.

"The players are playing very well, the team is playing really well. Nothing comes for free, or with luck. Even the draws we've had were matches we were closer to win than to lose.

"We missed a penalty at Maribor, and conceded a last-second goal against Manchester United. We are getting good results because the players are doing very well."

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