Mourinho insists Chelsea can still improve
With almost a third of the campaign played, a quick glance at this season’s Premier League table would suggest Chelsea are on course to comfortably land the top-flight title for a fifth time.
Most Chelsea fans must be delighted with that; especially in the manner the Blues have reached and remained at the summit so far – netting 30 goals, conceding just 11 and managing to avoid defeat in the process. What is most worrying for other teams though is manager José Mourinho’s insistence that his team is yet to reach their full potential.
Last time out, the West Londoners arguably threw away their title hopes due to complacency, losing on the road to Aston Villa and later Crystal Palace, before then throwing away a one-nil lead at Stamford Bridge to fall to Sunderland. The result was as infamous as it was pivotal; breaking Chelsea hearts and Mourinho’s 100% home record in the league.
The former Real Madrid manager claims his team has learnt a lot from those painful experiences, being quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying:
“I’m so experienced in this life that I’m not on the moon when I win or in hell when I lose. The players follow me in this. We are not jumping every day or crying when things go wrong. We are very stable.”
“They (the Chelsea players) have changed. There is a clear evolution with these people. As a group they can’t be complacent.”
“That match (against Sunderland) was impossible to win, but we move on. We think about improving ourselves where we can without worrying about other factors and teams too much. We are in an evolution process and happy about the way we are doing things.”
Chelsea’s development on the back of last season’s harsh lessons certainly shows no sign of waning is backed up by football tips from the experts at bluesq.com, where they’re understandably tipped for the title – even with the news of star striker Diego Costa’s recent suspension.
And as for dressing room altercations that so often derail a title charge? Mourinho had this to say on the attitude of his current crop:
“Life is easy when you’re always playing and winning, feeling high in your esteem. Life is difficult when you’re not playing because a player is born to play. All these guys in my squad are absolutely fantastic and I’m so happy with them.”
Looks like the chasing pack have their work cut out if they want to catch José and the lads from SW6 this season.
Sources: premierleague.com / theguardian.com / standard.co.uk