Jose Mourinho feels Chelsea are above playing in the Europa League, as they are at the level of a Champions League club.
Chelsea require just one point from their final Champions League group game at home to Porto on Wednesday night in order to qualify from their group.
The Blues currently sit joint-top of Group G alongside their Portuguese opponents, but with Dynamo Kyiv just two points behind and facing bottom club Maccabi Tel Aviv, Chelsea could face the same Europa League fate as Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Mourinho is keen to avoid such a future, as he feels Chelsea are above the competition.
“When I returned, I felt the experience of Chelsea playing Europa League was not good.
“The Europa League is a different competition (to the Champions League), the Europa League is a different level of competition for a different level of player and a different level of club. It is not good for a big club to go there and win it.
“I know that, in this moment, it looks to win the Europa League might be an easier way to be in the Champions League next season, than to finish in the top four. But there is another possibility, which is to win the Champions League.
“It’s harder than winning the Europa League, yes, but this is the competition we’re in. I was always against the teams being knocked out of the Champions League going into the Europa League because there’s such a big difference in the level of competition between the teams in both. It’s not fair on those who have been in the Europa League.
“If you are knocked out of the Champions League, you should go home and focus on domestic competitions. But, because the rules say the third has the chance to go to the Europa League, it’s a good way for those who are knocked out of the Champions League to win the competition and get back into the Champions League next season.
“But we don’t want that. We want to play Champions League, play the best teams – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern, all the big teams. And, for that, we need to win.”