Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident of his team's chances of winning the Premier League next season.

Last season, the Blues finished third in the league table, four points behind champions Manchester City, and were eliminated by La Liga winners Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has shown his ruthlessness in the past by sacking managers for failing to win silverwares. Mourinho, who is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, insists that the new recruits along with his young players have garnered enough experience to aim for titles in the upcoming campaign.

"At Chelsea, if we didn't think we could win the league, or didn't think we had the quality to do it, we wouldn't be here working so hard. If I didn't think that way I would go home and let somebody else take charge of the team," Mourinho explained.

"We respect our opponents and their ambitions, because they have the same ambitions as us, but we want to win the Premier League and we are ready for that. A team which has been a winning team for ten seasons is changing step by step, we've bought new players and we are trying to build for the next decade.

"We had a very young team at the time but, even so, we reached the semi-finals and were playing to win the competition. This season we think we are going to be stronger, the younger players are more experienced, they are stable and better adapted to fighting for titles," he added

Chelsea are currently in Austria to face RZ Pellets and will travel to Slovenia, Netherlands, Germany and Hungary to face NK Olimpija Ljibljana, Vitesse Arnhem, Werder Bremen and Ferencvaros, respectively, before flying back to London.

During his first spell from 2004 to 2007, Mourinho helped the west London club win five trophies, including back-to-back English titles in 2005 and 2006.

The Portuguese tactician also divulged his reasons to consider the Premier League as the most competitive competition in the world.

"People can speak about other leagues but England is the only country where five or six teams can win the title. Football is about competitiveness every weekend and that only happens in the Premier League," the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss said.

"When you have the two Manchester clubs, the three clubs from London – Tottenham, Arsenal and ourselves – plus Liverpool, that's six top teams, where all of them can win the title. That's why everybody loves the Premier League," he said.