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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has written off his hopes of winning the Premier League this season following his side's 3-2 defeat at Stoke on Saturday, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.
The Blues are five points behind leaders Arsenal, and Mourinho has played down any thoughts of lifting the title this season:
Who told you we are the first contender to win the league? I don’t think we are. I think we are one of the six teams that are potential contenders.
While other teams are on top of their game and have conditions to say, ‘We are on top of our game in terms of maturity, squad, balance in positions’, I think we are a team playing different than we did in the past.
Remember, that in the past two years, this team finished 25 points behind the winners and finished 14 points behind the winners.
We are not speaking with me about my team being champions last year or finishing one or two points behind.
The Stamford Bridge boss also questioned the killer instinct of his current strikers in the same article.
If you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight, 10 or 12 goals? Yes.
If we had eight, 10 or 12 goals, we would be top of the league. That’s a reality, but my strikers give everything and the team works hard.
If players are coming now or at the end of the season, probably at the end of the season, yes, because it is more normal, but no, I am not pushing for players now.
Mourinho has been linked with a move for Saint-Etienne defender Jacob Zouma, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.
Elsewhere, Monaco insist striker and reported Chelsea target Radamel Falcao will not be leaving the club in January, according to Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror.