Jose Mourinho has insisted that Chelsea's attempts to win the Premier League will not be sidetracked by their unbeaten record.
The Blues are odds-on favourites to win their third Premier League crown this year but many have tipped them to go through all 38 games without losing. They remain unbeaten after 13 games and have drawn plenty of comparisons with Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of 2003/04.
But Mourinho has warned his Chelsea players against retaining their unbeaten record and says it could end up being detrimental to their title challenge. In that sense, it seems the Special One would rather see his team lose to get rid of the poisoned chalice.
He said: "One thing is that I don't think it's possible (to complete a season unbeaten). The other thing is that we are not playing for that.
"If (against Spurs) we have a 0-0 with 20 minutes to go, we are not going to play for the 0-0 to be undefeated after 21 matches. No way.
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"If you play for that, if that is one objective, maybe you draw so many matches, you don't take risks to try and win matches. You are happy just to be undefeated."
Critics–and there are some–of Arsenal's title winning campaign of 2003/04 cite the fact that the Gunners drew as many as 12 games looking to remain unbeaten. For that reason, Chelsea were still in with a chance of winning the title until 25 April.
"We are going to play matches to win. And, sometimes, we will lose"
Points win prizes
Mourinho has suggested that such a tactic could end up costing Chelsea the chance to win the title. In fact he would rather his team lost five games than draw ten.
"If you get ten draws, you get ten points. If you win five and lose five, you make 15 points.
"We are going to play matches to win. And, sometimes, we will lose.
"I'd prefer 15 points and lost matches than ten points and being undefeated."