No drama! Jose Mourinho confident Chelsea can catch Arsenal

Jose Mourinho is confident that Chelsea will be able to close the five-point gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal

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Jose Mourinho's side are third in the table Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho is confident that Chelsea will be able to close the five-point gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal over the busy festive period.

The Blues are currently third in the table heading into Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, before they travel accross London to Emirates Stadium on 23 December.

We have to wait and see but five points is a gap which is not a drama. We have to make sure that gap doesn’t open

Jose Mourinho

And although Mourinho admits it is difficult to predict what will happen in the title race over the next few weeks, he feels his side have a good chance of catching up with Arsene Wenger’s high-flying Gunners.

“I think it’s very difficult to predict the way things are going,” said Mourinho. “One thing is if we beat Arsenal, another is if they beat us. We can close the gap but they can open the gap, and for the teams behind us it’s the same.

“This weekend Tottenham play Liverpool so somebody loses points. We play Arsenal and somebody loses points, Arsenal play City and somebody loses points.

“We have to wait and see but five points is a gap which is not a drama. We have to make sure that gap doesn’t open. Five points is a gap which, in one week, with two matches, everything can change. When it goes to eight, nine or 10 it becomes more difficult.

“Let’s see if after Christmas we can say instead of six teams it’s five. Maybe one team drops back or maybe one goes so far ahead they are impossible to reach. Between City and Chelsea we have a chance to make the Premier League even more interesting than it is already.

“We have difficult matches, tomorrow is a derby, Sunderland is a quarter-final, Swansea and Liverpool are important opponents at home, Arsenal are the leaders, on the first of January it’s Southampton, one of the big surprise in the competition, so the schedule is tough and we have to try to be strong.”

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