We're led to believe confidence is vital for professional athletes, and confidence is something Chelsea apparently aren't lacking. The club have already planned a victory parade ahead of potential successes in both the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Never mind the fact that the Blues trail Premier League leaders Liverpool or have yet to play a minute of football in the Champions League semi-finals. Residents of the area surrounding Stamford Bridge are already being warned about the potential route and time of the event, as reported by the Daily Mail's Adam Shergold:
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has distributed letters to 55,000 residents and businesses warning of street closures on the afternoon of Sunday, May 25 if the Blues end their season by winning at least one of the trophies.
The forward planning comes despite Chelsea being two points behind Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League with four matches to play and with Atletico Madrid still to face in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Of course, this advanced planning has nothing to do with overconfidence or psychological warfare. The club and city council are just trying to do the responsible thing, according to the letter:
We are writing to give you very early warning of a possible Chelsea FC victory parade if the club are successful as they pursue Premier League and Champions League title next month.
While the club and our three councils understand that success is far from certain, we believe that the responsible thing to do is give you as much notice of the date as possible.
The need for us to plan for a parade follows police advice. They are concerned that a spontaneous celebration, should Chelsea be victorious, would be difficult to control and more disruptive for residents.
Chelsea are still active on two fronts, as the club is in the middle of a race for the Premier League title with Liverpool and Manchester City and will be taking on Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
While success in either competition isn't guaranteed, the Blues have a great chance of finishing the season with at least one of two trophies. With local residents apparently asking for some early notice in the event of a victory parade, the club and local council did exactly that.
Fans of the club didn't see it that way, obviously, with plenty stating their appreciation of Jose Mourinho's confidence:
Jose knows http://t.co/AUKkgeW8Ow— Schürrle (@88thMin) April 18, 2014
Of course, counting your chickens before they are hatched can sometimes backfire in the worst possible way, a lesson Arsenal learned the hard way when the Islington Council did the same thing ahead of the team's Champions League final clash with Barcelona.
At the time of writing, it is unclear whether Chelsea have already laid down a deposit for an open-top bus rental and several tons of confetti, but considering the deep pockets of owner Roman Abramovich, that shouldn't really be an issue.