Mourinho: Two Trophy-Blank Seasons Felt Like 20 Years

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits his last two years without silverware had felt like ages after claiming the League Cup with victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Portuguese won his first trophy of his second spell at Stamford Bridge with a 2-0 win over Spurs, courtesy of a deflected John Terry goal and Kyle Walker own goal.

It put paid to a 34-month wait for major silverware for the 52-year-old- the longest of his managerial career. His last title came in May 2012, when he clinched the Spanish La Liga with Real Madrid. He followed that with the Spanish Super Cup trophy months later, but has had to settle for second-placed finishes in the Premier League and La Liga and a runners-up medal in the Copa del Rey.

Jose Mourinho Celebrates With His Chelsea Team After Winning a Third League Cup Trophy at Wembley Stadium. Image: Getty.

“I see myself with titles. It is difficult for me to live without them. I need to feed myself with titles,” Mourinho said after Sunday’s triumph at a rain-soaked Wembley Stadium.

“The two seasons [2012/13 and 2013/14] without a trophy have felt like 20 years. It’s a good problem to have that feeling and it’s important for me to feel the same way today as I did with my first final.

“At 52 years of age I feel like a kid, I need to have that same happiness.”

It was his third Capital One Cup success having won the competition twice in his previous tenure as Chelsea boss. Mourinho’s first title as Chelsea manager came in the same competition and he hopes, like ten years ago, he and the younger generation of Blues family have just signed up for another trophy-laden spell.

“For Chelsea this is one more cup, but it’s the first one of a new team,” Mourinho said. “Petr Cech, John Terry, Didier Drogba – they have won plenty with the club but after that it is a new generation of players.

“And it is not just a trophy for the likes of [Cesar] Azpilicueta, Diego [Costa], but I think also about [Andre] Schurrle, about [Mohamed] Salah.

“They are guys who started the season with us and are now not at the club, but the success is for them as it is the rest of the team.”

One standout member of the new generation in the Wembley victory was 20-year-old French centre-back, Kurt Zouma, who was deployed as an auxiliary holding midfielder in the absence of the suspended Nemanja Matic and the injured John Obi Mikel.

On Zouma, the Chelsea boss said: “It’s very difficult for a central defender to play there. Because central defenders, they don’t (usually) have pressure from behind. They are pressed in their faces, not pressed from behind.

“In that position, you’re surrounded by players. You have to think quick, you have to decide quick. It’s very, very difficult, but our new Marcel Desailly, he worked hard during the week and did a fantastic job for us.”

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