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Burnley vs. Chelsea: Key Takeaways from Jose Mourinho's Pre-Game Presser

COBHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho talks to the press at the Chelsea Training Ground on May 2, 2014 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

Jose Mourinho is exceedingly pleased with the development of his Chelsea squad, but he hasn't ruled out adding to his side's considerable ranks before the transfer window closes.

Speaking ahead of the Blues' Premier League opener with Burnley on Monday, Mourinho chatted passionately about the current make-up of his team. He suggested Chelsea's new signings—namely Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba—will advance the side's game, per the club's official Twitter account:

Despite suggesting Chelsea's transfer business was completed in July, as reported by Sky Sports, Mourinho hinted he may be willing to bring in additional faces if the right opportunity arises, per Miguel Delaney of ESPN:

Mourinho was unwilling to offer his exact thoughts on the title race and instead focused on last year's third-place finish, but he did predict five or six teams will once again contest the prize.

However, there was an air of confidence surrounding the Chelsea boss that—despite his typically guarded manner—suggested he fancies Chelsea's chances, per Delaney and the club's feed:

One major decision must be taken by Mourinho in the coming days. He has to choose between Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois in goal, as two of the world's best 'keepers finally compete for the Stamford Bridge No. 1 spot.

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 30:  (L-R)  Didier Drogba, Thibaut Courtois and John Obi Mikel of Chelsea watch from the stands prior to the pre season friendly match between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea at the Gelredome Stadium on July 30, 2014 in Arnhem, Nethe
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Courtois has spent the last three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he quickly developed into a key player for the Spanish club. The youngster played a leading role in the Rojiblancos' ascension to the 2014 Champions League final and was a pivotal member of the squad that captured last season's La Liga crown.

At 22 years old, he represents an excellent alternative to Cech, who has remained Chelsea's No. 1 since Mourinho's original tenure with the club. Mourinho isn't willing to publicly state who will start between the sticks, reported by Delaney:

Glimpses of "The Happy One" were certainly on show during his press conference, a positive sign for Chelsea fans. Mourinho grew critical of players including Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o last season, while he was also fined for comments after Chelsea's loss to Sunderland.

A smidgen of the manager's sarcastic side came out when asked about such incidents during his presser, per Paul Brown of the Daily Star:

Mourinho has everything in place for a successful 2014-15 campaign. His Chelsea squad is only matched by Manchester City when considering all-round talent in the Premier League, making the rich clubs firm favourites to land the title.

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - JULY 27: Team manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho reacts during the Pre Season Friendly  match between FC Olimpija Ljubljana and Chelsea at Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Get
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Somewhat significantly, Mourinho has added further Champions League experience to his numbers and can expect to get an instant return with the likes of Costa and Fabregas working through the centre. A typical Mourinho squad has been built: Chelsea flaunt pace, power, technical skill, the ability to score beautiful goals and defend for their lives when needed.

As such, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Mourinho's jovial mood replicated at the conclusion of the upcoming campaign, backed up with the silverware the Portuguese boss so badly craves during his second tenure.

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