Chelsea are toiling domestically but responded to an eighth Premier League defeat of the season against Bournemouth with a victory which sealed their place in the last 16.
“A team struggling so much like we are is not obviously a candidate to win the Champions League,” said Mourinho, twice a winner of the competition as a manager.
“But when we won at Porto in 2004, we were not favourites. When we won at Inter (Milan) in 2010, we were not favourites.
“When we were favourites, we lost two semi-finals with Real Madrid, we lost two semi-finals with Chelsea, so let’s see. You never know.” Chelsea can play Paris Saint-Germain – for a third straight season – PSV Eindhoven, Benfica, Juventus, Roma or Gent in the next round.
“They don’t want to play Barcelona, they don’t want to play Real Madrid, they don’t want to play Atletico (Madrid), they don’t want to play Bayern (Munich).
“Every team finishing second want to get us, they want to get Zenit.”
Mourinho must overturn his side’s domestic troubles to ensure he is still in charge when the competition resumes in February. The Blues could be in the bottom three by the time they next play at Leicester on Monday. — Sky Sports
“While mathematically it’s still possible, let’s fight every game for every point and see if it’s possible to finish fourth,” Mourinho said.
Defeat would have seen Chelsea drop into the Europa League and might have cost Mourinho his job.
He was subject to the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5.
Chelsea had some good fortune when Iker Casillas saved Diego Costa’s shot and the ball ricocheted in off Ivan Marcano, and Mourinho believed Costa should have found the net against the Portuguese champions.
— Sky Sports