Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made a surprise admission following his side’s recent exit from the Champions League, the Daily Star reports.
The Blues boss feels his side could benefit from playing fewer games from now until the end of the season, with the Premier League title now all there is to focus on for his players.
“Now we can work in a way we couldn’t when we were in all of the cups, with good training sessions, good exercises, preparing the team specifically for a certain game and analysing opponents with more time,” he said.
“I want to focus on that, there are two months to go and in two months we can be champions.”
Obviously Mourinho wants to put a positive spin on things, but is he right to do so in this case? His side massively underachieved in Europe when they looked serious contenders to win the whole trophy, and surely many of his players will be feeling they’d like the extra games if there was more to play for as a reward for this otherwise excellent campaign.
Chelsea will surely be champions without breaking a sweat now, but with such a big lead they could probably have managed that without a great deal of difficulty anyway, and it seems unlike the obsessive winner and bad loser Mourinho to lie down and accept defeat in such a way.