Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wary of Everton threat
Jose Mourinho discusses Chelsea's next game against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday
Jose Mourinho is refusing to write off visitors Everton ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are seven points clear at the top following their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, and hope to improve on their unbeaten home league form against the 12th-placed Toffees.
The visitors are already 29 points behind their hosts, but the Chelsea boss does not believe Everton’s lowly position reflects their ability.
“Everton are a good team, a very good team,” Mourinho said during Tuesday’s media conference at Cobham.
“I don’t look at the table or the number of points; I look at the whole team and its quality.”
After finishing two places and just 10 points behind Chelsea last season, Everton have struggled for consistency and have only claimed one victory in 2015.
The two sides played out an enthralling 6-3 at Goodison Park in August, with Chelsea claiming the win, but Mourinho is not expecting another high-scoring game, and concedes little can be taken from that encounter.
“That was a strange game, with an equally strange result,” he said, “it is hard to analyse that game because I am sure it was a one-off.
“Sometimes games take strange courses and our last game was anything but normal. I’d be surprised if it happens again.”
With just 14 games remaining, the 52-year-old is focusing on results over goals at this stage of the season despite being the joint second-highest goalscorers at home in the League with 25.
“I’d be happy with 1-0, but I’d also be happy with 6-3,” said Mourinho.
Only Manchester City have left west London with so much as a point in the league this season, and the Toffees’ away record is far from exemplary.
Roberto Martinez’ side have only taken 12 points on the road – three wins and three draws – but did win on their last visit to London – 1-0 at Crystal Palace on 31 January.