Despite the achievements of his predecessor Rafael Benitez, current Blues manager Mourinho has spoken of his disregard for the Europa League and is relieved Chelsea are now back among "the best clubs in the world".
He said: "We are there (in the last eight) - but it's different from last season because last season was the Europa League at a different level.
"To come from the Europa League to the quarter-finals of the Champions League is important for the club, important for the players.
"We are a Champions League club and now we are among the best eight, the best clubs in the world, and we are there.
"The players deserve to be there."
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball