Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has compared his current side to his Real Madrid team that accumulated 100 points on their way to the Spanish league title in 2012.
The Blues have started the new Premier League season in outstanding form, and are yet to taste defeat - a run which they extended with a 2-0 victory over West Brom on Saturday. That moves them seven points clear at the top of the table with 12 games gone.
The Blues hold the record for the most points ever scored in a season, accumulating 95 under Jose Mourinho on their way to the title back in 2005. If they continue at their current pace Chelsea will finish the season with 102 points.
Speaking after the game at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho conceded that his team has similar characteristics as his Madrid team that blasted their way to the title two years ago.
When quizzed over whether he'd had a team start a season as good as Chelsea this term, the Special One responded: “Maybe Madrid, when we got to 100 points in the league.” he said. “I don’t remember but maybe that one.
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“Maybe the second season at Chelsea when we won the title for the second time. I think we also had a very good start to that season.”
The signs are ominous for Chelsea's Premier League rivals. Diego Costa bagged his 11th Premier League goal of the season to open the scoring against West Brom on Saturday before Eden Hazard doubled their lead soon after.
That means that overall Chelsea are unbeaten in 18 games going into their Champions League showdown against Schalke on Tuesday. Helping their cause is the fact that their rivals have all struggled this season. Arsenal slumped to another defeat on Saturday against Manchester United, who have had their own troubles this term.
Manchester City haven't exactly looked sharp either and Liverpool are in the midst of a crisis following their 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace yesterday. Despite all that, Mourinho says his team are staying focused and not getting too carried away just yet.
Feet on the ground
Asked about what he is saying to his players, the Chelsea boss replied: “It is a pragmatic message, easy for them to think about and reflect because it is the reality.
“Do you remember a team that played fantastic football and won nothing? I don’t think you remember a lot of them. You remember the ones that won. We are playing fantastically well, we are getting results, but at the end of the season if you don’t get some silverware, then it is a frustration.”