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Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho said his side can be proud of what they have achieved this season, regardless of the outcome of their Champions League semi-final with Liverpool.

Chelsea secured their first ever Premiership title at the weekend and are looking to follow that up by reaching the Champions League final.

But Mourinho said: “We will go back to London as heroes whatever this result because we won the championship.

“If they lose they will have nothing. I think the pressure is on Liverpool.”

Chelsea clinched their first league title for 50 years at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

“It’s easy to concentrate on this game. It’s the best way to forget about winning the title because we have a big game.

“The group deserves to celebrate the Premiership in a different way than we did.

“It was a quick celebration and then we finished. No families, no wives, no more champagne – nothing. We just stayed in the hotel and prepared for this game.

“I will give the players a day off on Wednesday and Thursday instead. For now they want to play this game.

“My players want to keep on winning things. They have now the Carling Cup and the championship in their pockets but they want more in their lives.”

Chelsea’s inspirational midfielder Frank Lampard believes that the Premier League success will be the catalyst for further triumphs.

Mourinho’s team won the Carling Cup in February after beating Liverpool in the final and are now going for a treble.

“If going there as champions doesn’t fill you with confidence, then nothing will,” he said.

“So we’ll have to save our energy now, relax a bit and look forward to that game.”

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