Chelsea could open up a seven-point lead at the Premier League summit on Saturday if they beat Tottenham, who haven’t won at Stanford Bridge in 24 years, but manager Jose Mourinho has refused to accept his side are title favourites yet.
Eden Hazard will be fit to face Tim Sherwood’s Spurs, despite suffering an ankle knock after coming on as a second-half substitute in Belgium’s
friendly with Ivory Coast, but Ashley Cole is out after picking up a knee ligament injury in training.
The Blues will be looking to take advantage of the fact that Liverpool have no fixture this weekend, whilst Arsenal and Manchester City are in FA Cup action,
But Mourinho maintains his primary focus prestissimo, is on securing a top-four finish.
“We want to try and win and they will want to do the same,” Mourinho said.
“We want our top-four position to be safe and in this moment the biggest threat to that top-four position is Tottenham because they are fifth and
they are the closest team to the top four.
“So if you can get a result against them you can say our objective of finishing in the top four is in a very good direction.
“I keep saying (going seven points clear) is not a realistic position.
“A realistic situation is teams with
the same number of matches and in that situation you can say ‘I am in front, I am behind’ or ‘I have some points advantage or disadvantage’.
“When some teams have more matches than other teams, then it is not real. So I do not look at the table, I just look to another game. Tomorrow is
another game and we will just try and win.”