Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted his had been a tactical approach while underlining the fact that he was 'building a team for a long period' after their scoreless draw at Arsenal.
Chances were few and far between at the Emirates and the draw saw Arsenal go level with Liverpool at the top of the table, with the Blues two points behind and Manchester City in third.
With just two points separating first and fifth, there is no one team as yet taking the title race by the scruff of the neck.
Mourinho said: "I want Chelsea to go in another direction – that is our plan, that is we want in future. I am building a team for a long period and the direction we want to go is the direction we are working. Creative players who use the ball and be offensive. Some games I have to step backward.
"We don't kill our opponents.
"Sometimes we have to play for a result and with a different philosophy."
Mourinho added: "It was a tactical match. It is a match Arsenal want to win, but don't want to lose and a game Chelsea want to win and don't want to lose.
"The game from a defensive point of view is completely controlled by us. It was important for us this match not to lose, it is one thing to be two points behind the leaders and another thing to be five points behind."
Captain John Terry described the Blues as "quietly happy" with their position as they went into Christmas in fourth place in the Premier League.
Terry admitted: "We are quietly happy where we are at the moment, there is a pack of four or five teams. We are looking good at the moment. It is wide open which is great for the neutral."
Of the match, Terry added: "We were coming here to win game, but it was their home game – it was up to them to bring it to us."
Fellow defender Gary Cahill concurred, saying: "We cancelled each other out, there were not many chances.
"We don't want to lose the game. We want to win it.
"It keeps us there with the rest of them, a win would have put us on top which would have been nice, but we are up there."