Jose Mourinho yesterday said he wants a winning start to his second spell as Chelsea manager, which begins when the Blues play a friendly against the Singha All-Stars at Rajamangala National Stadium tonight.
Manager Jose Mourinho looks on as Chelsea players train at Rajamangala National Stadium. PATIPAT JANTHONG
The Portuguese said he would try to instil a winning culture and that he had sent his assistant to scout last Saturday's match when Manchester United suffered a 1-0 shock loss to coach Piyapong Pue-on's All-Stars side.
"I don't like to lose, the players don't like to lose... for sure, tomorrow my boys will try to get a result," he told a press conference.
"Losing is not a drama, losing doesn't change anything in the team. But it's not nice, we don't like it.
"Winning is part of the culture and if you can do that even in friendly matches, you have to do it."
Chelsea's scouting last Saturday may be useless because the Singha All-Stars for today's match are almost completely different from the squad that beat United.
Saturday's team, also coached by Piyapong, featured strikers Teerasil Dangda and Teerathep Winothai, who scored the winner. Both are absent from the squad for today's game.
"We have only two players from Saturday's squad," Piyapong said.
"There will be a lot of changes in terms of players and tactics. We will play an attacking game to entertain the fans. It will be an exciting game."
The former Thailand striker was cautious about his team's chances of causing another upset.
Chelsea captain John Terry waves to fans at yesterday’s training session.
"It will be tougher because Chelsea have been here for several days. They are not on vacation and have trained very hard," he said.
The All-Stars' attack will be led by Brazilian striker Cleiton Silva, last season's joint top scorer in the Thai Premier League along with Teerasil.
All-Stars captain Nataporn Phanrit said: "It is an honour for me to lead the squad against a world-class team. Every player is looking forward to the match and we hope we can get a result like we did against Manchester United."
Both Mourinho and Piyapong announced their line-ups yesterday.
"I will play two teams and give every player 45 minutes. I am only asking them to work hard for 45 minutes and they have to give a good performance," Mourinho said.
Among his starting 11 will be Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle and Romelu Lukaku.
His second-half squad will feature Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, Marco van Ginkel, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Demba Ba and Victor Moses.
Silva, Frenchman Romain Gasmi, Iraq's Hussain Al Hussain and Japanese Sho Shimoji will be among the players to start for the Singha All-Stars.
Meanwhile, Mourinho said Chelsea would be gunning for victory in all four competitions in the upcoming season.
He said there were "no priorities" for Chelsea as they tackle the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, following their pre-season tour of Asia and the United States.
"The next match is the important one. If our next match is the Champions League, the Champions League is our competition," Mourinho said.
"And the same with the Cups because we know what the English Cups mean, especially the FA. And we want to play every competition with this mentality _ so for us, no priorities."
Mourinho also deflected the latest transfer speculation, which includes links with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
"That's the old story in football: rumours and rumours and rumours, and at the end of the day something becomes true," he said.
Singha All-Stars: Thanongsak Panpipat, Nataporn Phanrit, Apichate Puttan, Bukasa Kasongka, Hussain Al Hussain, Rangsan Vivatchaichok, Korakot Viriyaudomsiri, Jetsada Puanakunmee, Sho Shimoji, Cleiton Silva, Romain Gasmi
Chelsea first 11: Petr Cech, Wallace, Tomas Kalas, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Lucas Piazon, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Romelu Lukaku
Chelsea second 11: Jamal Blackman, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ryan Bertrand, Marco van Ginkel, Ramires, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Demba Ba, Victor Moses
Singha All-Stars coach Piyapong Pue-on talks to the players during yesterday’s training.
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