Many might think that the Blues have never been stronger thanks to a glut of summer signings that include Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle and Willian, with the latter not even on the bench for Saturday’s game against Everton to indicate the strength in depth.
However, Mourinho was frustrated by his team’s inability to score and will hope to see the net bulge a few times against Swiss opponents on Wednesday night.
“We are not unbeatable,” said Mourinho. “This is a different profile [to 2004]. This is a different team. I came here to work – I won’t say peacefully because I am the first one that does not like to work peacefully – but to work with time, to develop the players and play the best they and we can.
“We have to be effective, be adult and not be naive. That is what we have to work on. We have to transform the beautiful football we played into goals.”
The bookies offer odds of 1/3 (BetVictor) about a home win on Wednesday night, with Chelsea looking to make a fast start in the Champions League as Mourinho aims to finally win this competition with the west London club, having done the same with Porto and Inter Milan.
Frank Lampard, Oscar and Fernando Torres are all set to return to the starting line-up as Mourinho continues to rotate his squad and Chelsea are very much all about keeping things tight under their returning manager.
A 1-0 or 2-0 victory looks to be on the cards considering that clean sheets are very much in vogue since the Special One returned including a bore draw at Old Trafford, with Gary Cahill potentially coming into the team and giving John Terry a rest after starting every match so far.
A 2-0 win for Chelsea can be backed at 7/1, with Frank Lampard likely to be on penalty duties and that makes him an attractive First Goalscorer bet at 6/1, while many will like the 13/10 about the Blues winning without conceding – something that can be backed with Coral.
Basel will also be confident of qualifying from this Champions League group and recently faced Chelsea in the Europa League where they narrowly lost both games. They are an 11/1 chance to spring a surprise victory and end Mourinho’s excellent record at the Bridge, while a draw can be backed at odds of 19/4.
Marco Streller is a 14/1 chance to score the first of this game and odds of 10/11 are available with William Hill if you fancy both teams to find the net.