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Mourinho eyes title glory on Sunday

Published 01/05/2015

Jose Mourinho hopes Chelsea can wrap up the title race this weekend
Jose Mourinho hopes Chelsea can wrap up the title race this weekend

Jose Mourinho wants champions-elect Chelsea to confirm the Premier League title with victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Blues enter this weekend's fixtures 13 points clear and needing three points to seal a first championship in five years.

Mourinho said: "We need two or three points to be champions. Let's say three to make sure we don't depend on goal difference.

"We need a victory or we need three points with three draws.

"Obviously we want to finish as soon as possible. If we can do it at home, better.

"If we can do on Sunday, even better. That's what we have in our minds."

Mourinho won the title twice in his first spell, securing Chelsea's first championship in 50 years in 2004-05 and successfully retaining the trophy a year later.

Carlo Ancelotti's success in 2009-10 was Chelsea's most recent triumph, but now the Blues are on the verge of a fourth title in 11 seasons.

Mourinho refuses to take his third Premier League title for granted after a goalless draw at Arsenal last Sunday and Wednesday night's win at Leicester saw his side move to the brink.

"Similar to Arsenal, similar to Leicester, we go to win, but any point that we get is a positive point, so we are calm," he said.

Diego Costa's 19 Premier League goals have been integral to Chelsea's title push, particularly at the beginning of the season when the £32million signing from Atletico Madrid made a seamless transition to English football.

Costa's season has been punctuated by hamstring problems and he may not play again this term if Chelsea win on Sunday.

"No, just isn't worth the risk," said Mourinho, insisting the Spain striker has not suffered a setback.

"We don't need to rush. We are trying to give the maximum stability for him to be stronger and stronger.

"There is a chance he might not (play again this season). If we win Sunday, I would say he doesn't play against Liverpool.

"If we don't win Sunday and we need points against Liverpool, I would say he plays against Liverpool.

"If we don't need, probably he won't play again."

Loic Remy is back following a calf injury, while Thibaut Courtois could return in goal after dropping to the bench for the win at Leicester due to a minor hip problem which saw Petr Cech come in.

Chelsea, who are on course for a second trophy of the season after winning the Capital One Cup, have summer plans to solve Costa's hamstring issues.

"We are preparing a good working situation for him during the holiday period where he can mix holidays with work with our people," Mourinho added.

Didier Drogba has led the Chelsea line in the absence of Costa and Remy and on Wednesday night scored the equalising goal at Leicester for his fourth league goal of the season.

"Great contribution," said Mourinho of Drogba, who is 37 and out of contract this summer.

"Important goals he scored in the Capital One Cup, important goals, not a huge amount of them, but in the Premier League.

"We have time to speak, we have time to analyse (Drogba's future). We have time to know his feelings."

Mourinho next term expects a renewed title challenge from Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, with Liverpool and others not far behind.

"For next season I can imagine that top squads with a few new players, every one of the title contenders is going to be very, very strong," Mourinho added.

"In the Premier League, when the season starts, if you want to be champion, you have the risk also to finish fifth. I think next season is going to be the same.

"When I start next pre-season I would say I want to fight for the title but there is a big risk of not even finishing in the top four.

"Let's go step by step and the first objective for next season will be to finish top four."

Asked why Chelsea are so far ahead, Mourinho preferred not to dwell on the perceived failures of Chelsea's rivals.

He said: "Only one (team) can win. People many, many times speak about failure. I don't think we can speak about failure.

"We can just congratulate the winner, especially when the winner is a clear winner, congratulate and go for it next season.

"I don't like to listen about failure, because this is a very competitive championship."

Mourinho has no celebration planned if Chelsea do succeed this weekend.

"I think I go home," he said.

"In this moment we have nothing prepared, we have nothing organised, so normally I finish the game and I go home."

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