Jose Mourinho has claimed that clubs which are not from London have it easier due to there being less rivals based in the rest of England and Wales than there are in the capital.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with QPR this Saturday, the Portuguese manager believes the club have it tougher than their northern title contenders because of the amount of derbies they have to contest throughout the season.
“First of all, I think this is the first time I've played a game against them,” said Mourinho. “I don’t think I have played against QPR with Chelsea in my years here because they were always in the Championship.
“Everyone knows that London is a special place because in the end you play eight or 10 derbies, sometimes Fulham and Charlton and the traditionals - West Ham, Arsenal, Tottenham.
So there’s always about 10 derbies a season, which makes it unique and causes the London teams to have more difficulties than others because a derby’s always a derby - Jose Mourinho
“So there’s always about 10 derbies a season, which makes it unique and causes the London teams to have more difficulties than others because a derby’s always a derby.”
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Mourinho has confirmed Diego Costa is once again available for selection fresh from a groin complaint.
The 26-year-old missed the last four games for Chelsea after returning from international duty with the muscle injury but the star striker will be eager to pick up where he left, the Brazilian-born forward netted nine times in first seven league games.
Combative midfielder Ramires is also expected to return, the Brazilian has not featured for Chelsea in the league since limping off in their 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad in September.