Jose Mourinho has admonished John Terry for claiming that Chelsea already "look like champions" following Saturday's 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, reminding his captain how many more points the team needs to acquire before they can officially lay hands on the Premier League title.
The 34-year-old skipper spoke enthusiastically about his side's chances of securing a first domestic crown in five years after Eden Hazard's first half strike secured all three points against Louis van Gaal's side and moved the Blues ten points clear at the top of the table with just six games to play.
“We’re doing enough. We have done that all season," Terry was quoted saying by The Sun. “We’ve dipped a bit but still picked up results and that’s a real sign of champions.
"It’s been four years since we won the league and we are very determined.”
However, when the defender's comments were relayed to Mourinho the Portuguese coach came back with a prickly response, emphasising the need to avoid any complacency between now and the end of the season.
“No [we are not champions] - and I’m not happy if John told that," he exclaimed. “We need eight more points to be champions. Football is about mathematics.
“When mathematically is done, we celebrate. Until that moment we need two wins and two draws to be champions.”
Of course, the reality of Chelsea being caught at the top of the table is highly unlikely, but the fact that second-placed Arsenal are on a run of eight consecutive victories in the Premier League means Mourinho is right to call for continued focus from his players until the job is done.
His side have to travel to the Emirates Stadium next weekend and Arsene Wenger knows that his team need to secure victory to have any chance of catching the Blues, otherwise it could well be game, set and match to the west Londoners.
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