‘We need to be more consistent,’ says Blues boss.
Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are currently not ‘strong enough’ to be Premier League champions.
The Portuguese has won the title in his first season with every club he managed except Real Madrid and guided the Blues to the Premier League crown in his debut campaign during his first spell at Stamford Bridge in 2004/5.
But the 50-year-old admitted his current crop of Chelsea players are not ready to challenge for the title.
“We need to be more consistent,” Mourinho said. “For a club like us it’s not good to be 15, 20 points behind, as they were last season.
“I don’t think we are strong enough at this moment to have that kind of run of victory, victory, victory. We will get there, for sure, we will. In this moment I don’t think we are.
“If you see the position of Chelsea in the last leagues and the difference of points from Chelsea to the champions, you can imagine that even with a magic click – that I don’t have – it’s not easy to recover 20 points. It’s more than one click.”
Mourinho admitted that his passion to succeed remained as strong as ever however.
“I keep saying the day I lose a match and go home with a smile on my face, goodbye. Finished. That cannot happen with my players.
“We know we cannot win every game. We know we cannot win every competition, but we have to play every game of every competition to win.
“If you do that and you lose, don’t go (home) with a smile on your face, but you’ll sleep fine. Because you’ll know you had the right approach, you gave everything.”