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Mourinho seeks to 'destroy' opponents

ESPN staff
August 21, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Jose Mourinho enjoyed a winning return on Sunday © Getty Images
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Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea to 'destroy' the opposition after he marked his return to the club with a comfortable win over Hull on the weekend.

Chelsea beat newcomers Hull 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, and on Wednesday they face Aston Villa, who stunned Arsenal 3-1 at The Emirates.

But Mourinho, who saw his side ease off when they were cruising after 25 minutes, has warned his players they must keep their foot on the gas and punish teams, or face being hit by goals themselves.

"If we do that, we destroy an opponent. Playing that way you have to score goals," Mourinho said. "We want to win matches, but what I like is that when you have the chance to destroy to beat them by three, four, or five, we have to do it."

Though he enjoyed a winning comeback to West London, Mourinho believes Chelsea could be vulnerable in the future if they choose to relax in matches.

"If someone has the chance to do it to you, they will not forgive you, they will give you nothing," Mourinho said.

"If someone feels that they can do it to us they will do it - when you are in trouble, they smash you - so if we have the chance to do it, we have to do it. That is football."

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