Jose Mourinho still believes his side can end the season with a top four finish but has denied any possibility of retaining the Premier League title. Also claimed only Tom Cruise can defend the title.
Chelsea defeated Norwich on Saturday thanks to finally a goal from Diego Costa. Mourinho is definitely pleased to be back to the winning happy days, but he also warned that this is certainly not the beginning of a title-winning run.
“It’s a bit of a relief,” Mourinho confirmed, following Diego Costa’s first goal since the win against Aston Villa finally ended a three-match losing streak.
“The pressure was there – I was feeling, the players were feeling too.
“We coped well with that and we got a result which obviously we needed very, very much.
“Fourth position for me is not an impossible mission. If you ask me the title I would say impossible mission.
“Maybe Tom Cruise can do it (but) it’s complicated because you have to recover points from four candidates.
“But to grab one of the (teams) that go up and will also have a little bit of a collapse… the fourth position is a difficult position but a possible target.”
At the start of the season, Costa admitted himself about the pre-season overweight and the now troubled attacker who was excellent last term in Chelsea’s title win, managed to score only three goals before the international break.
The 27-year-old striker had missed two genuine opportunities and was nowhere to be seen when Eden Hazard fashioned another two before pouncing after the quick free-kick of Cesc Fabregas.
Mourinho further said: “You don’t score goals, you get heavier. Every game that you don’t score goals, you get 5kg more. You get heavy and the pressure is there.
“In the first half he missed two chances. The second one, in the last minute, is really a big one. So it was important for him. Important for us, the result and the goal, but I think also for him.
“He’s working well, he’s a happy guy, and he tries everything. He’s positive, so if I had to choose somebody to score the winning goal, I would go exactly with him.”
Also, Costa’s fluency still not reached the level that it should be right now, reveals Mourinho as the Portuguese had to remind his troubled striker to get back in position as fast as he can just moments before the goal.
“When you lose confidence, you lose this fluent game. Yes, he can do much better, but again, yes, one goal is very important,” Mourinho told the reporters.
“I was telling him that he was being caught offside a couple of times, also in the first half, because he was late to recover position.
“When the team tries to reach that, he needs to be in a position to attack that, not in an offside position.
“The goal was a little bit like that because he was in a position that he could attack space and not in a space offside.”
However, Hazard also showed glimpses of returning to form.
“Every top player that is not performing well they feel it probably more than the others that are not so good,” according to Mourinho.