Chelsea finishing second would be an achievement as they are in the middle of a rebuilding process and Manchester City are a superior squad, according to Jose Mourinho.
Speaking ahead of the Blues clash with the Citizens on Monday night, Mourinho insisted his counterpart Manuel Pellegrini had the better squad and that it would be beyond this season before the Portuguese can fully develop the team at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea go to the Etihad Stadium knowing a win would take them level on points with Manchester City, two behind leaders Arsenal, and would be a huge boost to the west London club's Premier League title ambitions.
However, he was keen to stress that anything other than a top four place would be considered a success, while finishing second behind City would be a genuine achievement, as he feels he does not yet have a full squad developed in his image.
"They’re [Man City] complete. The players are amazing, the squad is fantastic but you also need the manager to do a good job and I think he is," Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
"The players are experienced. They were champions two years ago and a big nucleus is the same. They have everything and we need a bit more time, a few more players. Just a little bit.
"If we finish second it is fantastic. If we finished second, doing the formation work, it is an acceleration of our progress. It is good."
Despite Mourinho playing down expectations, Chelsea are still fighting for three trophies and have been coming into form ominous for their rivals in recent weeks.