May 4, 2014, 8:49 PM EST
The Special One’s return to the Premier League hasn’t been a wild success, but Jose Mourinho didn’t expect it to be easy.
So while his club failed in its bid to win the league — it’s guaranteed after a 0-0 draw against Norwich on Sunday — Mourinho’s Chelsea journey is not one full of regrets.
Saying he loves London and the Premier League challenge, Mourinho was proud upon elimination.
“The boys did a good job. That does not make us completely happy, but it’s a base for next season.
“We were never outside the top four or out of the title race. At the end we didn’t manage to finish and win it.”
“This is the club I want and love. I had chances to have easy fairytales if I wanted to win leagues.”
Without too many of his own signings, the Blues have allowed a miserly 26 goals and secured at least four more points than last season.
In other words, Chelsea could allow 10 goals in its final match and still finish with the least goals allowed.
And they’ll finish in third, which means automatic qualification for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The club looks fit for the future, too, with Diego Costa set to arrive to strengthen a strike force that scored the PL’s third-most goals… but almost 30 less than Liverpool and Manchester City.
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