MOURINHO: BIG PASSION

Jose Mourinho has shared his thoughts and feelings following our wonderful welcome to Thailand on Friday morning.

The manager and his players went straight to the team hotel from the airport in Bangkok after the overnight flight from London, and while Mourinho, John Terry and Frank Lampard visited the King of Thailand to pay respect, the rest of the travelling party rested ahead of this evening's training session.

There was however no break for Mourinho, who then attended a press conference and explained how welcoming the Thai people had been.

'We just arrived but the feelings are very good from the moment we landed,' he said. 'People were very nice to us and we feel a big passion for our club.

'Even though we are a bit tired after a long flight, the feeling was fantastic and we hope we can give everybody here what they are expecting from us. We will work well and hard to be ready to present a good football match next week. We are pleased to be here.'

Mourinho went on to discuss his three new signings, Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer, who he believes will all contribute to the squad.

'Andre, everybody knows the club was following him for a long time even before I joined,' Mourinho said. 'When I was faced with the situation that Andre was not far from being a Chelsea player I gave the last push. I like the player very much and he can give us a lot as an attacking player who can play in many positions in many tactical systems. He has qualities modern football demands, he is fast, he has a good shot, he can also play on both sides or through the centre. He is multifunctional in attack and I'm very happy the club signed him.

'Marco is one of the best prospects in European football now,' the Portuguese continued. 'We were following him for some time. He has potential and time will help him to settle down and adapt. We are very happy, he is a kid with a great future and Chelsea is investing in the long term [but also] we want to do important things now.

'Mark is what we need. I always thought we have the best goalkeeper in the world [in Petr Cech] but we need competition for him, protection, motivation, somebody that can give security and Schwarzer is perfect for that. The Premier League is his natural habitat. Getting a good opportunity for a free transfer, we have a goalkeeper we need.'