first_img Despite seven straight wins – five of them in the Premier League – and sitting one point behind his championship favourites Manchester City, who Chelsea play next Monday, Mourinho thinks the team’s development is the solitary aim after underperforming in the league in recent seasons. “Our main objective for this season is to build a team, the best way to build a team is to be competing for things,” said Mourinho. “Everything is coming to us. I can imagine – more than imagine, believe, really – that next season we are going to have a really strong team, starting from day one with everybody. “This season we are in the competitions, I’m not saying to win the competitions, I’m saying to win the next match. “Next match is West Ham. We are there to try to win it. “I think we are improving a lot. I think we are going into a good direction.” Chelsea have won the title once since Mourinho’s September 2007 departure – in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti – after the Portuguese delivered a first championship in 50 years in 2005 at the end of his first season in charge. But Mourinho is more concerned that his players are improving for a future tilt at the title. “If in this moment we see our team is the same or even worse than it was in September, that’s a big problem,” Mourinho said. “If we see that players like (Eden) Hazard, Oscar, Willian and (Cesar) Azpilicueta, these young people, they are not better now than they were six months ago, that’s a big problem. “These are things we need that’s compulsory. The evolution of the players, the evolution of the team is compulsory. “After that the results normally are a consequence of the work, are a consequence of the evolution. “Always the next match we want to win. The results are arriving as a consequence of the team playing very good football.” Mourinho has continued his gradual squad overhaul this month. The departure of Kevin De Bruyne was expected, as was the re-signing of Nemanja Matic, who, as a defensive midfielder, was “needed” for the balance of the team. Mohamed Salah’s recruitment was a consequence of Juan Mata’s departure for Manchester United and Michael Essien was allowed to leave for AC Milan on a free transfer. Chelsea will only be active in the closing days of the transfer window if an exceptional offer is received for one of their players. Asked if Chelsea will be making any moves, Mourinho added: “(Not) unless an incredible, surprising deal happens with one of our players and because of that we have to react and make something (happen) to complete the squad. “We are doing things progressively.” Two signings are the aim in the summer and Mourinho refused to discuss previous target Wayne Rooney, who is rumoured to be close to a new Manchester United contract. Mourinho answered with a simple “no” when asked if Thibaut Courtois will be with Atletico Madrid next season amid reports the Belgium goalkeeper, who is currently on loan, will be used as bait to land striker Diego Costa. Samuel Eto’o, who scored a hat-trick in the recent win over Manchester United, could extend his stay at Chelsea beyond the end of this season. Mourinho said: “He’s playing well and has a big understanding with our attacking players. “Even if he doesn’t score 25 goals, his contribution to the team is very, very high. And we need that. We are happy (with him).” Jose Mourinho believes it will be next season before Chelsea are ready to make a serious assault on the Barclays Premier League title, playing down his side’s chances of silverware this term. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Industry charity GambleAware has backed the publication of the UKGC sanctioned ‘Gambling, children and young people: A case for action’, a study undertaken by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).The RGSB study informs the UKGC and further government stakeholders on the UK’s ‘young persons’ (under the age 18) gambling trends, exposure and personal safety.The RGSB releases its findings on child gambling, as GambleAware prepares to launch its UK-wide safer gambling campaign, seeking to raise awareness of problem gambling as a health issue and broaden public understanding of gambling harms.Tackling problem gambling amongst UK youngsters, the RGSB details ‘that around 0.9 per cent of children aged 11 to 15 are problem gamblers’, equating to around 31,000 UK children. Furthermore, the gambling research group believes that some  45,000 children (11-15) could ‘at-risk’ of falling into problem gambling issues.In its report, the RGSB has put forward a series of recommendations for government and industry stakeholders, focusing on implementing stronger verification on player IDs, minimising marketing exposure to youngsters and cooperation on collecting under 18 data.Marc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware issued the following response to the UKGC’s and RGSB study:“GambleAware is concerned that 1 in 8 children aged between 11 and 15 years old are gambling regularly, and it is unacceptable that as many as 30,000 may be problem gamblers. Reducing gambling-related harms for children and young people requires firm regulatory action and we welcome the Gambling Commission’s focus on this issue.It also needs action from parents, families and teachers if a real and lasting impact is to be made. For this to happen, there does need to be much more public debate about the role and position of gambling in society, and how best to protect children and young people from the harms that gambling can cause. In turn, as the Gambling Commission rightly notes, this requires support from a range of Government departments and other agencies to recognise gambling-related harms is a health issue that deserves our full attention.” Share Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020last_img read more