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Chelsea will risk unbeaten run for wins, says Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho will prioritise winning over remaining undefeated as

Chelsea go in search of trophies.

The Blues are unbeaten after 20 matches in all competitions this

season, leading to suggestions of a Premier League campaign without

defeat.

Chelsea — prevented from scoring for the first time last Saturday at

Sunderland — play Tottenham on Wednesday and Mourinho knows

silverware is the target, not matching Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of a

decade ago.

He said: "One thing is that I don't think it's possible [to complete a

season unbeaten]. The other thing is that we are not playing for that.

"If [against Spurs] we have a 0-0 with 20 minutes to go, we are not

going to play for the 0-0 to be undefeated after 21 matches. No way.

"If you play for that, if that is one objective, maybe you draw so

many matches, you don't take risks to try and win matches. You are

happy just to be undefeated.

"If you get 10 draws, you get 10 points. If you win five and lose

five, you make 15 points. We are going to play matches to win. And,

sometimes, we will lose. I'd prefer 15 points and lost matches than 10

points and being undefeated."

Chelsea have been scintillating at times, leading many to speak of the

Blues as champions-elect.

The soaring Blues were checked at the Stadium of Light and even had to

make the return journey from Wearside by road.

Mourinho added: "We couldn't even fly back to London by plane because

of the fog. We had seven hours by bus to get back."

That gave the Portuguese time to reflect as he bids to secure his

third Premier League title and Chelsea's first since 2010.

"We have to play, we have to win matches and must get points,"

Mourinho said. "That's what we're doing. We don't promise anything.

We don't put ourselves in that position, of being arrogant to say we

are going to win. We don't do that.

"All we say is we're playing very well, we are getting results, we

believe in ourselves, we are very happy with what we're doing.

"The measure of success in football is made by the trophies you win.

We have to try to transform the quality of our work and performances into cups.

"Normally, the best team and best squad wins a league championship.

But you cannot choose to try to win this competition or that one.

"We try to improve the team, try and have the best possible team

playing the best possible football, adapted to different situations,

and after that let's see what is possible to win."

Some consider only Manchester City capable of catching and overhauling

Chelsea, but Mourinho disagrees.

"There's a long way to go," he added. "Teams with 10- 12- 14-, 15-

point difference, they are not out of the title race. I don't think

so."

Credit: PA Sports

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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