Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Manchester City was ‘a good draw’ for his team.
The Blues, 1-0 winners against Stoke, must come through a tough test at the Etihad Stadium if they are to reach the quarter-finals.
But Mourinho declared: “Good, that’s good. Our priority for the season is to improve and the best way to improve is to play difficult teams.
“We play against the best team, in a stadium where they win every game and score three or four goals, even against big teams like Arsenal and Tottenham. It’s a good thing for us.
“If we lose we lose against the best, and if we don’t lose it’s fantastic. We are going there with a good attitude and nothing to lose.
“They [City] are a team that are meant to win and they have to feel what we felt when I was first here – that we are the best team and if we don’t win then we have done something wrong.”
Chelsea had far too much for fourth-round opponents Stoke, who avoided a thrashing despite being totally outplayed at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar’s brilliant free-kick was enough to take them through and the Brazilian later hit the woodwork, as did Andre Schurrle.
Mourinho, celebrating his 51st birthday, said: “We are playing very well in my opinion and 1-0 didn’t reflect the quality and the dominance of our game.
“The free-kick obviously made me happy and we hit the post twice. The boys played very well and I’m very happy not just with the result, but also the performance.”