The Premier League leaders go into Wednesday’s game against Tottenham looking to make it 21 games without defeat in all competitions this season. Comparisons are already being made with the Arsenal side of 2003/4 that finished with 26 wins and 12 draws from their 38 league games, but Mourinho reckons Chelsea will come unstuck chasing victories as the season goes on.

José Mourinho said, “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.” The Chelsea boss added, “If you get 10 draws, you get 10 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 10 points and being undefeated.”

Chelsea’s comfortable position at the top of the Premier League doesn’t change and concern Mourinho. José Mourinho suggests, “We don’t put ourselves in that position, of being arrogant to say we are going to win. We don’t do that. All we say is we’re playing very well, we are getting results, and we believe in ourselves, we are very happy with what we’re doing.

“The measure of success in football is made by the trophies you win. We have to try to transform the quality of our work and performances into cups. There’s a long way to go. Teams that are 10, 12, 14, 15 points behind – they are not out of the title race. I don’t think so.”

Meanwhile, with the 2nd best defensive back-line in the league, Mourinho believes, Chelsea will not struggle against Tottenham Hotspur without Diego Costa. José Mourinho said, “We don’t speak about Diego. We trust Remy and Drogba the same way we trust Diego. This is not our way of work.”

José Mourinho’s men stumbled against a determined Sunderland team in the weekend to which he said, “We are top of the league in the Premier League, top of the group in the Champions League, in the quarter-finals in the Capital One Cup, and haven’t lost a match in four months.

“The team has to feel very, very well. When the defeat arrives, we have to feel the same way. We are doing things very, very well and it’s not a bad result, when a bad result arrives, that is going to change our self-belief and self-esteem.”