Chelsea’s superb start to the Premier League season has seen them muster 22 points from a possible 24 in 8 games. The Blues overcame Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the weekend and are now five points clear at the top of the standings. Manager Jose Mourinho praised his players for showing great character and application on the pitch. Chelsea’s ominous form would surely send shivers down the spine of other Title challengers but Mourinho insists his team can’t be Invincibles throughout the season.
The Poruguese though believes that this side is reaching the level to worth of Title Winners. “We are reaching that level,” he said. “My first spell here we had already in the team players with great maturity, great knowledge, great stability.”
Mourinho has always been branded as a second season manager. The 51 year old is living up to the expectations at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were in control of last season’s title race but late capitulations to Crystal Palace and Sunderland meant they lost out on the coveted title. However they beat Liverpool and eventual Champions Manchester City in both the home and away games.
“Last year my team was naive, couldn’t cope with certain moments of the game, so we work, we work, we work and in this moment I’m happy. We are not a perfect team, a long way to go but in many aspects our team is a better team than last year.”
When asked whether his current side can emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles of the 2003-04 season, Mourinho claimed it was impossible. “No, no, no. This is the Premier League and in this moment, 10 years after the last one to do it, football has changed so much, and the Premier League has changed so much that it’s impossible to do it.”
However, at this pace, who would bet against them? Next week’s mouth watering clash against Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United might hint to an answer.