Jose Mourinho has full confidence that his Chelsea players will always be able to bounce back from a disappointing result this season.
The Blues are unbeaten in all competitions this season, as they lead the Premier League table by four points and are on the verge of the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League. And in the League Cup, a competition Mourinho won twice in his previous spell in England, they are in the quarter-finals when they travel to current Championship leaders Derby County next month.
There haven’t been too many disappointing results for the Stamford Bridge club, then, although they are denied a perfect start to their domestic campaign by draws at both Manchester City and Manchester United. And they also dropped against Schalke and more recently Maribor in the Champions League, but Mourinho is pleased with the way his team have bounced back from these setbacks.
“The thing that gives us confidence is the results we are getting are not occasional. They’re because we’re playing well,” the Portuguese coach said. “We believe that, when we lose points, the next game we are going to play well again. Against Maribor in the Champions League, we lost two points, but in the next game we were not in crisis. We were at Liverpool to play well again.
“I don’t believe there’ll be a Chelsea crisis in the season. I believe Chelsea will lose points and matches but not in a crisis of results. I truly believe in our ability. We don’t have pressure to lead. The pressure is for the ones who are coming behind. I always felt the pressure when I was behind, not when I was on top. To be first is easier than to be second. If you’re first, you think just about yourself.”
Chelsea resume their quest for a first league title since 2010 on Saturday afternoon with the visit of West Bromwich Albion, a team who haven’t won a league game in this particular part of London since September 1978. They did, however, secure a 2-2 draw last season, which required a controversially given late penalty from Eden Hazard to rescue a point for the hosts.
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