Jose Mourinho: Chelsea won’t win title but can finish in top four

The Chelsea manager is convinced the defending champions can mount top-four challenge

Jose Mourinho may have ruled Chelsea out of the title race, but the Blues manager is still confident his side can finish in the top four.

The defending Premier League champions are 10 points behind current leaders Manchester City, who were emphatic 6-1 winners against Newcastle United at The Etihad.

I am more than convinced that we will finish in the top four

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea, meanwhile, suffered a shock 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge to compound the west London side to their fourth defeat in eight Premier League games.

And the Blues manager, who declared himself the best boss in Chelsea’s history, explained how the west London club can salvage their season after a horror start.

“To be champions now is very difficult because the distance is considerable,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“But I am more than convinced that we will finish in the top four, and when the season is so bad if you finish in the top four it is OK.

“Third – and I think this is even more important than the first and the second – it is a crucial moment in the history of this club.

“You know why? Because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club had.”

Chelsea have lost to City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton so far this season.

The Blues welcome struggling Aston Villa to west London in their next fixture on 17 October.

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Mourinho’s side lost 2-1 to Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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