Eto’o echoes Mourinho’s belief: Chelsea is still building its team
Chelsea hasn’t reached the hype of its former glory under Jose Mourinho just yet, but the English club is still one of the most revered forces in football. Despite his side’s reputation for being one of the best, the club’s manager Mourinho is stepped clear from calling his team complete and ready for big challenges.
The Stamford Bridge boss claims he would need at least a year to bring Chelsea to the level where it can be considered as one of the most lethal football forces in the world. Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’t reiterated his boss sentiments, whilst adding that the club was building its structure and team for the long-tern.
It were the ‘Old Guard’ who came to Chelsea’s rescue in the 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday. The three crucial points from the game took Chelsea back on to the top of the Premier League table, where they are one point clear of title contenders Arsenal.
The lone goal of the game was scored by Chelsea captain John Terry following a cross from the club’s living midfield legend Frank Lampard. Mourinho feels his team isn’t ready to take on all challenges in the season. The Portuguese tactician claims Chelsea is aiming for a top-four spot rather than making a run at the Premier League title.
Chelsea will be up against Galatasaray for their first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. Ahead of the game Eto’o told Chelsea’s official website that the London club had adopted a game to game approach to tackle challenges on all fronts and that the club was still in the process of building a team.
“We have never thought that we can't win the title, but Jose Mourinho came to Chelsea to do big things for the long run which he is trying to do,” Eto'o said. “We players believe that it is possible, but at the same time it is not our mission. Right now we are not thinking about other teams or the end of the season, we are just focused on our next game and that is Galatasaray.”
The 32-year-old Cameroon international moved to Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala last summer. Although Eto’o has a large number of appearances from the bench, the former Inter Milan striker has scored eight goals in 27 games for Chelsea this season.