Jose Mourinho has joined the chorus of fans and pundits alike, all but anointing Chelsea the champions-elect of the 2016-17 Premier League season, saying it will be “very difficult” for his Manchester United side, or any other, to overcome the Blues’ nine-point lead at Christmas.
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Impressed not only by Antonio Conte‘s side’s impressive lead before the halfway point of the season, but also the disciplined, organized fashion in which the Blues rack up win after win (11 straight in the PL, dating back to Oct. 1), Mourinho admires all that he sees at Stamford Bridge these days — quotes from FourFourTwo:
“You have to be honest and say that is very difficult. It’s not just the difference in points, it’s also the Chelsea philosophy of playing.
“They score one goal and they win. They defend a lot. They defend well. They are winning and, in the last 20 minutes, they bring defenders in.
“They don’t care what people say, what people think. They just want to win. And, because of that, I don’t see them losing many points.”
Mourinho didn’t have to come out and say it, but anyone who reads that quote can quickly identify and translate the Mourinho-isms within: Chelsea are very good, because they play just like Chelsea played when I was the Chelsea manager, when I won many trophies for Chelsea.