Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho does not believe his side are good enough to win the Premier League title this season, according to the Mirror.
The Portuguese coach, speaking after his team's 3-2 away defeat to Stoke City, believes Chelsea are one of six "potential contenders" - but does not believe they should be considered favourites.
Mourinho's comments come less than a week after his declared that the pressure is on 'title favourites' Manchester City, who currently sit a point behind third-placed Chelsea in fourth spot.
“Who told you we are the first contender to win the league?” Mourinho told reporters following Saturday's defeat at the Britannia Stadium. “I don’t think we are. I think we are one of the six teams that are potential contenders.
“While other teams are on top of their game and have conditions to say, ‘We are on top of our game in terms of maturity, squad, balance in positions’, I think we are a team playing different than we did in the past.
“Remember, that in the past two years, this team finished 25 points behind the winners and finished 14 points behind the winners.
“We are not speaking with me about my team being champions last year or finishing one or two points behind.
“My team in the last two or three years in December was 15 to 20 points behind the leaders and I’m saying we are building a team, a style of play with the players we have, and of course we want the best results.”
Chelsea now find themselves five points off league-leaders Arsenal, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on Sunday.
Next up for the Blues are Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League, before Saturday's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.