Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: Seven-point lead is nothing in title race

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying leading the Premier League title race

Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea that a seven-point lead is “not a lot” in a Premier League title race.

The Blues moved further clear of defending champions Manchester City after the west London side were 2-1 winners against Aston Villa on Saturday, whilst the Citizens dropped points following a 1-1 draw with Hull at The Etihad.

Chelsea have already faced Manuel Pellegrini’s side home and away this season, meaning the west London side’s title fate is in their own hands in the remaining months of the Premier League campaign.

Despite his side’s big advantage over their closest rivals, 53-year-old Mourinho is refusing to get carried away by the ever-growing chasm between Chelsea and City.

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“What is seven points? In this country, it is not a lot,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference at Chelsea’s training ground on Tuesday.

Mourinho added: “We are [in the driving seat]. Seven points with 14 matches to go… If it was 14 points with seven matches to go, you are almost there.

“But seven points with 14 matches to go is a long way to go.”

Mourinho, who side were 6-3 winners against the Toffees at Goodison Park earlier this season, added that he is happy to be leading the chasing pack in the title race despite the extra pressure associated with being first.

Mourinho added: “I prefer to be top. When you chase, you have to win and wait for your opponent to lose.

“You play two matches: your match and your rival’s match. When you are top, you play only one match. If you win, fine.

“For example against Aston Villa when I was celebrating after the match, I was celebrating my victory. I didn’t even know the result of Manchester City.”

Chelsea have won four of their last five games against Everton in all competitions.

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