Jose Mourinho Relishing Hair-Raising Premier League Xmas with UCL Qualification

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Jose Mourinho Relishing Hair-Raising Premier League Xmas with UCL Qualification
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hoping his team can wrap up qualification from the Champions League group stages on Tuesday so he can enjoy the unique pressures of a Premier League Christmas without worry, he told reporters (via

The Stamford Bridge club will reach the knockout stages of the tournament with a point from their Group E match at FC Basel.

Mourinho wants to face the final group game against Steaua Bucharest in west London next month without worries as he contemplates the festive period in the Premier League race:

It's a period where I think only the brave can survive because it's hard.

At Christmas the accumulation of matches is so high. You must do it with a special group with a special mentality, enjoying the situation and forgetting you don't have a Christmas like the Spanish players, the Italian players, the German players.

It's a period I like where I think the squad can play a role, not just the team.

I enjoyed it when I was in England before and missed it in Spain and Italy. If we can finish the job tomorrow we could say instead of nine matches we have eight.

Meanwhile, Mourinho also addressed the subject of his recent haircut, which the Chelsea boss admitted had been his own design.

But he conceded he did have to forward a picture of his new look before he attempted to get back into his own home:

I asked Fernando (Torres) to give me his machine.

I did it myself in front of the mirror - it's cheap.

I sent a picture before I arrived home to see if I could get in. Yes, no problem.

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