Mourinho: 4 trophies possible
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho says his squad are capable of challenging for four different trophies after their 3-0 victory over second-tier Watford in the third round of the FA Cup.
Three goals in 14 second-half minutes from Willian, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma were enough to see Chelsea comfortably through in Sunday's game.
Mourinho even took the opportunity to rest some of his jaded first-team players.
Winning four trophies in a season remains a tall order, particularly as Chelsea have seen their eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League eroded away by Manchester City in the last month.
The next month could decide their fate, with six games still looming, but Mourinho believes his side can manage the heavy workload after backing his second stringers to help maintain their challenge.
"I had to play with some of my fundamental players because we don't want to throw away any competition," he said.
"We want to play every competition trying always to go to the next step. We have to do what we did today (Sunday) - make some changes, keep some players on the bench.
"But we are doing fine. Today, I could give total rest to some. I could leave on the bench Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic without playing one.
"I will do the same with the others. Maybe next time, Diego (Costa) is not one who is not selected, or Gary Cahill. So no problem. We are fine. No injuries. Everyone is good."
A welcome rest now awaits before Chelsea return to Premier League action against Newcastle United and Mourinho is not looking too far ahead.
"I'm confident we can win against Newcastle next week," said the Portuguese, whose side had gone down 5-3 at Tottenham in their previous game.
"That is the only thing I'm fully confident over. We don't go for four competitions, we go for the next match. And Newcastle is the next match.
"After that, Swansea and we will be very confident there. After that, match by match."
He confirmed that veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is leaving, amid reports linking the Australian to Leicester City, meaning that Petr Cech will remain at Stamford Bridge.
"There is no chance he will go," Mourinho said of Cech. "I will bring Jamal Blackman back from Middlesbrough. He can stay with Thibaut Courtois and Petr, which is a good experience for him."
FA Cup holders Arsenal also advanced, beating Hull 2-0 courtesy of Alexis Sanchez, who created the Gunners' first goal and scored the second.
After a frustrating inconsistent first half of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took heart from the clinical way his players stuck to the task of killing off Hull.
"We had a serious performance. We were in control. It is a positive game because we created many chances," he said. "It took us a while to get the second goal so you never know what can happen, but overall we had a good performance."