Jose Mourinho has warned his Premier League rivals that his fearsome Chelsea squad
will withstand anything thrown at it.
The Special One
is currently five points clear of Manchester City with six wins and a draw from the Blues’ seven games so far.
The run – and the quality of Mourinho’s squad – has sparked suggestions that the Blues could be set for an unbeaten season.
Mourinho insists the experience of Petr Cech to replace the injured Thibaut Courtois illustrates the frightening strength in depth at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho said: ”Only we can lose a keeper and not panic. We lost a keeper and the panic was just what the kid [Courtois] has [suffered].
”But as for the football panic and talk of ’oh my god what is going to happen?’ — the other one [Cech] just come comes and no one in the seats feels any fear because we know the big guy is there for us too.
”Petr is so solid, so confident, so under control so we are fine. I am happy with everything. In this moment our team are able to adapt to everything.
”What the game gives us, we can cope with. We are not the kind of team that play only the same way, think the same things. We can play in a different way and adapt to different situations.”
Shock defeats to the likes of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Sunderland last season cost the Blues their shot at the title.
This time around, however, Filipe Luis and Loic Remy have made an immediate impact.
Mourinho went on: ”When teams have the ball we are comfortable, when we have the chance to pass and touch the ball, we are comfortable.
”When we play in counter-attack, we are comfortable. In this moment the team are mature and confident and I’m very happy.
”People on the bench are also coming on strong, the way they are playing, the way they react. Mikel comes on and gives stability to the team. I think we’re in a good moment.
”When I play Mikel, I don’t need to say something to Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas or to the team.
”They know what is going to happen, what the team are going to do, they know what Fabregas can give us when he then plays as a No10 rather than a No8. The team is very solid.”