Mourinho confident of Premier League glory

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Premier League title in sight for Mourinho's Chelsea
Premier League title in sight for Mourinho's Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted his side can have no excuses if they fail to capture the Premier League title this season.

Mourinho's side are free from the distraction of cup competitions after exits in the FA Cup and Champions League, meaning the Blues boss has time to work with his players as they prepare for their last ten Premier League matches.

With a six point cushion at the top of the table and a game in hand on their rivals, Chelsea are champions elect and yet Mourinho insists their focus cannot waver.

"We are there, we are strong, we are confident. We believe in our capacity to stay there until the last match," said the Chelsea boss.

"We know we fight against that word you use so many times - complacency - the best way to fight is to know (there is a) long way to go

"There are no distractions for us now. I would prefer to still be in the Champions League, but now we have time to work with the players and try to improve between now and the end of the season."

Third-placed Arsenal are seven points behind, Manchester United eight points back in fourth and fifth-placed Liverpool are 10 points adrift of the Blues, who have won five of their last 10 in the Premier League

Mourinho added: "I think it's still five (in the title race), because the distance is still mathematically possible.

"The fifth, the fourth, don't have to fight against one, they have to overcome three. The distance is so short and mathematically I see that things are open."

Mourinho insists Chelsea are unfazed by leading from the front and being chased.

"It's become something normal for us this season to know that we are top of the league," added the Portuguese, pointing out the Blues have led from day one.

Chelsea are bidding for a first Premier League title in five years, since Carlo Ancelotti's side won in 2009-10.

It would be Mourinho's third Premier League title, following wins in 2005 - Chelsea's first championship in 50 years - and 2006 during his first spell.

"Chelsea won three Premier League titles and people know that number clearly, but you can analyse in a different way: in the last nine years Chelsea won it once, so it's not easy to win," Mourinho added.

"In these last nine years, Chelsea was never at the end of March with six points more than second.

"We have a good situation in our hands and the way we worked last week and the way we worked this week, the players are very confident."