Mourinho confident of title success
Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are confident of winning the Premier League title this season despite their stuttering form.
The Blues are six points clear of second-placed Manchester City with a game in hand entering this weekend's fixtures, which see Mourinho's men go to Hull on Sunday.
"We are in front, the advantage is not half a body, the advantage is significant, but still a long way to go," said Mourinho, who referred to the Blues as the "little horse" in last season's title race, when they finished third behind City.
"We are there, we are strong, we are confident. We believe in our capacity to stay there until the last match.
"We know we fight against that word you use so many times - complacency - the best way to fight is to know (there is a) long way to go."
Third-placed Arsenal are seven points behind, Manchester United eight points back in fourth and fifth-placed Liverpool are 10 points adrift of the Blues, who have won five of their last 10 in the Premier League
Mourinho added: "I think it's still five (in the title race), because the distance is still mathematically possible.
"The fifth, the fourth, don't have to fight against one, they have to overcome three.
"The distance is so short and mathematically I see that things are open."
Mourinho insists Chelsea are unfazed by leading from the front and being chased.
"It's become something normal for us this season to know that we are top of the league," added the Portuguese, pointing out the Blues have led from day one.
Chelsea are bidding for a first Premier League title in five years, since Carlo Ancelotti's side won in 2009-10.
It would be Mourinho's third Premier League title, following wins in 2005 - Chelsea's first championship in 50 years - and 2006 during his first spell.
"Chelsea won three Premier League titles and people know that number clearly, but you can analyse in a different way: in the last nine years Chelsea won it once, so it's not easy to win," Mourinho added.
"In these nine years, Chelsea was never at the end of March with six points more than second.
"We have a good situation in our hands and the way we worked last week and the way we worked this week, the players are very confident."
Mourinho knows the points required for Chelsea to win.
"If the other teams can make 27, I need 22," Mourinho said.
"We go for it. We are still far, but we are closer than ever. Everybody believes that we are going to do that."
Chelsea's sole focus is on the Premier League after their European elimination to Paris St Germain last week, which was followed by a 1-1 draw with Southampton.
The Blues have 10 matches to play, including a game in hand over their rivals, with the Hull clash followed by games with Stoke, QPR and then Manchester United and Arsenal.
City lost at Burnley last weekend, but Chelsea could not fully exploit the slip, drawing 1-1 at home to Southampton last Sunday.
Mourinho felt the Blues were denied a clear penalty and on Wednesday an article was posted on the club's official website headlined 'Penalty puzzle'.
The article pointed out the Blues had been awarded two Premier League penalties this term, less than in recent seasons and fewer than their rivals, saying it was "abnormally low".
It added weight to Mourinho's claims of a "clear campaign" against his side, a comment for which he was fined in January.
Hull boss Steve Bruce criticised Chelsea after Willian and Diego Costa were booked for diving in the corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge in December.
"You give so much importance to that article that I read it and I think it's just a very objective article," Mourinho said.
"It's not an opinion article. It's not something that can lead to discussion.
"I just believe it's an article with numbers and the same way the numbers always tell the truth.
"How many goals this player scored? How many cleansheets this team has? How many assists that player made?
"It's just pure numbers. No more than that. No agendas, no intention, just numbers."
Reports are already looking to the future and Chelsea strengthening this summer.
Mourinho, who says teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be a first-team regular next term, downplayed the prospect of expensive recruits, with the Blues linked with a £60million move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
"I don't speak about Pogba or other players," Mourinho said.
"You look to our midfield players and between (Cesc) Fabregas, (Nemanja) Matic, Ramires, Ruben, Mikel. We have a good group.
"I'm happy with the squad I have. You always want to improve and there is always a couple of changes to be made, but nothing really important. I'm not worried about funds because we are fine."