Chelsea have a little advantage as front-runners, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager discusses why he likes to lead from the front

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea have “a little advantage” as Premier League front-runners ahead of their clash against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Blues are five points clear of Manchester City going into this weekend game, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side face a tough trip to West Ham United on Saturday evening.

I think it is better to be top of the league and don’t depend on other team’s results

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho led Chelsea to back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, with the Blues managing to get ahead early in the title race and cement their position at the top of the table.

Unlike other sides who have struggled with the tag of league leaders, Mourinho feels most comfortable leading from the front, as it provides insurance for an unexpected result.

“I like to be top of the league. Especially because it gives you a little space for mistakes,” Mourinho said.

“We can be 100 per cent sure that we will leave Old Trafford top of the league. This is why I like to be in this position.”

Mourinho added: “When you win something and you come from behind, obviously you deserve credit but you depend on other results.

“For example, when I was second with Inter and we won the title, we won the title because Sampdoria beat Roma.

“Like last season, Manchester City won the title because Chelsea beat Liverpool at Anfield. I think it is better to be top of the league and don’t depend on other team’s results.

“It is a little advantage when you are top of the league.”

Mourinho managed to take a point from Old Trafford early into his second Chelsea reign last season, but the Blues manager reckons Sunday’s meeting will be a very different affair.

“This time is even more difficult,” he added. “In August, every player was available. In this moment, not everyone is.”

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