Jose Mourinho reacts to talk of Chelsea winning the title

Jose Mourinho admits it is unlikely Chelsea can win the title this season but says a top-four finish is within reach

Jose Mourinho has admitted that it is “mission impossible” for Chelsea to defend their Premier League title this season.

The Blues finally returned to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they secured a 1-0 win over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge thanks to Diego Costa’s second-half goal.

Mourinho’s men have endured a disastrous start to the season and slumped to their seventh loss of the campaign at Stoke City before the international break to leave their title defence in tatters.

Saturday’s win over the Canaries left Chelsea in 15th place in the Premier League table and 14 points behind leaders Leicester City after 13 games.

And although Mourinho is confident that his side will be able to recover and secure a top-four finish this season, he admits that winning the title is already almost out of reach.

Mourinho told his post-match news conference on Saturday: “Fourth position for me is not an impossible mission. If you ask me about winning the the title, I would say impossible mission. Maybe Tom Cruise can do it but it’s complicated.”

He continued: “You have to recover points from four candidates.

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“But one of the teams that go up may also have a little bit of a collapse. The fourth position is a difficult position but a possible target.”

Chelsea take on Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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