Jose Mourinho says Chelsea has enough young talents to improve in their subsequent games and he is not surprised that they’ve bridged the gap at the Premier League summit prior to December ending, because “it’s in their DNA over the years to fight for trophies”

The former Real Madrid boss boasted that its his norm and the winning mentality he has inculcated into his team, that provides the impetus that has propelled them this far.

Mourinho’s side are now just two points behind leaders Arsenal at the Premier League summit, after they battled to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace after Fernando Torres’ opener was cancelled out by Marouane Chamakh, with Ramires netting what proved to be the winner in the first half.

On a day the Gunners suffered a humiliating 6-3 defeat in the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City on Saturday.

The Blues can assume the Premier League lead by winning at the Emirates Stadium on December 23.

Mourinho said: “I’m not surprised because it’s our nature. It’s in this club’s DNA over the years to try to fight for trophies.

“It’s my way of work, too; it’s the mentality we want the players to have.

“We all know that this is a transitional period, we all know that we have just a few players from the winning side from the past. We all know we have lots of young talent to improve.

“I believe that in another club with a different profile everybody would say: ‘OK, let’s work and wait calmly, the results will come in the near future.’

“We are not like that. We want to build, but at the same time we want to fight for titles. And in this moment in the Premier League we are there, two points behind the leader in a group that is there.”


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