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Mourinho: Winning Start Against Hull Is Key

Jose Mourinho has said that even though Chelsea are unbeaten in pre-season so far, the feat will mean nothing if they cannot get any points against Hull City in the opening fixture of the Barclays Premier League on August 18th.

Chelsea are currently participating in the International Champions Cup, which sees teams from Spain, Italy, and England fight it out for the cup. The Blues played their opening fixture in the competition, when they comfortably beat Italian giants Inter Milan 2-0 at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mourinho began the match with youngster Victor Moses, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard leading the attack against a new look Inter. Moses was an outstanding performer in the first half, when his contributions led to Oscar opening the scoring with an impressive finish, before Moses won a penalty shortly after to give Hazard the opportunity to step up and put Chelsea firmly in front. Even though the game still had life in it, both sides made substitutions in the second half, and it was Inter’s Hugo Campagnaro who was sent off for a horrific challenge on Chelsea skipper John Terry. The red card brought an end to Inter’s chances, as Chelsea cruised to a victory.

Chelsea face AC Milan next in New York tonight at 11.30pm UK time. Mourinho is making full use of the pre-season to provide all his players with an opportunity to impress. Even though the supporters were delighted to see Mourinho make a comeback to Stamford Bridge, they will expect immediate success. The Portuguese boss’ focus remains the Premier League, and has been resting England international Frank Lampard for the pre-season games to ensure his regular participation in the league.

According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho is not thinking much about the current cup, but more about the league, and said that a perfect unbeaten run in pre-season meant nothing as it did not bring any points in the bag. Chelsea begin their league campaign in less than three weeks time, as they welcome Hull back into the top flight at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho said, “What would it mean to win this tournament? To be fair, not a lot,”

“It’s four wins from four in pre-season, but we have zero points. The match we have to win is the match against Hull City. But even in friendlies it’s better to win than lose and finally we’ve played against a good team because our opponents in Asia were not so strong.”

I think we can look forward to a seriously dominant performance from the Blues when they face the Tigers in the opening game of the Barclays Premier League – bring it on!

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