Jose Mourinho has intimated that he is solely responsible for Chelsea's forthcoming Premier League title triumph this year after stating it's his leadership - and not the players - that has helped deliver the domestic crown.
The Portuguese coach is quoted by the Daily Mirror making the arrogant claim during his most recent pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's trip to the King Power Stadium where the Blues face an in-form Leicester City.
Mourinho took the opportunity to give himself a very public pat on the back, and despite acknowledging the important roles played by veteran stars like John Terry and Didier Drogba, the former Real Madrid boss affirmed his belief that he is the reason that Chelsea are back at the summit of English football.
Victory against the Foxes tonight will present Chelsea with the opportunity to be confirmed as champions when they player Crystal Palace at home this coming Sunday, meaning the players and staff can be presented with the trophy in front of their own supporters at Stamford Bridge.
Either way, it's surely only a matter of time before the Blues get their hands on the crown for the first time since 2010, with a ten-point advantage at the top of the table with just four games remaining for each of their rivals.
But when the collective celebrations start - and wherever that may be - it's worth remembering these words spoken by Mourinho, who clearly wants to take some individual credit for what the club has achieved this season.
"Chelsea leadership is my leadership. For good and for bad. It's not the players' leadership," he explained, before being asked 'Even on the pitch?'
"Yes," he replied. "Their place is in the dressing room."
There's no doubt that Mourinho has had a major impact on the west London club ever since arriving for his first spell in charge in 2004, after helping Chelsea win their first title for 50 years a decade ago.
But, his self-proclaimed status that he suggests sits above any other player surely risks ruffling a few feathers, even after taking a bit of time to pay tribute to some of his long-serving stars that were part of his first successful squad at Stamford Bridge.
"You know, for the older guys, it's also nice to belong to two different generations," he added. "If we are champions this season, Petr [Cech], [Didier] Drogba John [Terry], and also [Jon Obi] Mikel, they'll belong to two generations. The same as me.
"It's nice to belong to the history of a club in different moments. If you manage to be champions, it's very nice for these older guys."
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