Jose Mourinho has urged his Chelsea side to set one more landmark before they receive the Premier League trophy following their final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday.
There will be a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as the home crowd hail Mourinho and his players at the end of a triumphant campaign which saw the Blues crowned English champions for the first time since 2010. In addition, Mourinho was this week named manager of the year, while Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard won the football writers’ player of the year having already been handed a similar honour by his fellow players. Almost forgotten in the march to the title, Chelsea also lifted the League Cup, secured with victory over Tottenham in the Wembley final back in March. And should they avoid defeat against a Sunderland side who secured their place in the top-flight status with a midweek draw at Arsenal, they will complete the season having lost just four games in all competitions, the lowest total since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 and beating Manchester United’s mark of five in 1999.
Mourinho insists he is unconcerned about the trappings of success, although he admits he will keep his title winners silverware this year after throwing his medal into the crowd after his second championship triumph with the club in 2006.”The trophy, the silver piece, means less than the feeling. The reality is that the real feeling for me personally is when you do it,” Mourinho said.”I will keep it this time; my son is collecting all my stuff and keeps everything. He steals everything from me, shirts, medals, cups. The motivation for us is to be champions and for Sunderland not to be relegated.”
“We’ve celebrated already, they’ve celebrated these last fantastic weeks which they’ve had with good results. There is a last match, obviously we want to win and so do they, that’s normal.”