All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Jose Mourinho's press conference update after Arsenal manager comments.
When quizzed over the Arsenal - Chelsea row developing between respective managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese simply responded: 'I don't react.'
All week the press have been running copy over Arsenal being specialists in failure. This, while Stan Collymore notes that no media personality is criticising Chelsea, like they should be, as they are instead focused on what is effectively successful mind games, not just with his rival bosses for the Premier League title, but with the press.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Mourinho continued by commenting instead on the title race as a whole: The table is there. You can look at the table and see how the table is. 'We are top of the league but we can be second if Man City wins the match they have in hand. If we win tomorrow, we keep the same position.'
Chelsea can maintain their favourable position in their challenge for the crown with a victory over Everton, whom they face on Saturday. Mourinho said: 'We think we can beat them because we believe in ourselves. We are not influenced negatively or positively about what happened in the past.'
The Blues are campaigning on two fronts, the Premier League and the Champions League, a competition they resume on Wednesday with a trip to Galatasaray, however, Mourinho will not rest any stars for the Toffees exam.
John Terry, he is quoted by the Mirror to have said, will start: 'John Terry is fit and he plays. The team will be the team I think is the strongest team for the game. It's important to have him back, especially because David Luiz is not fit.'
Meanwhile, a former Blues star Dan Petrescu informed the BBC that he has designs on returning to Stamford Bridge to occupy a position currently held by fan favourite Mourinho!
And finally, Mourinho spoke out over the long-speculated future of hot goalkeeping talent Thibaut Courtois, who has spent a lengthy loan spell with La Liga challenging Atletico Madrid.
'We won’t struggle to keep him,' he said, as reported by The Mirror. 'He has two more years on his contract so he is easy to keep. I don’t give assurances to any player. A player who has a contract with Chelsea, has a contract with Chelsea. If someone wants a player with a contract, we have to know. The problem is when you want a player and the player belongs to another club.
'When you want a player and that player belongs to you and he has two more years on his contract, it is easy to say you have no problems.'
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