Mourinho says Hazard is fit, defender is out and wary of Tottenham's threat

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Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Eden Hazard is fine to play in tomorrow's game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Hazard returned from international duty with Belgium with a slight ankle problem but Mourinho said his star man this season has no problems ahead of this weekend.

However, he did say that some players had returned with problems and that left-back Ashley Cole has been ruled out after picking up an injury in training yesterday. 

Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow evening's game, Mourinho insisted that his side are still not favourites to the title, despite many bookmakers saying otherwise.

He said: "We want to try to win. They will do the same. We want our top four position safe. The biggest threat for that is Spurs.

"If we beat Spurs tomorrow then our top four objective will be in a good position."

The Chelsea boss is also wary of the threat that Spurs will bring to Stamford Bridge tomorrow saying he doesn't really know what to expect from them. He said the size and personnel within the squad enables them to play different systems.

Mourinho also wouldn't be drawn as to whether he thought the side currently managed by Tim Sherwood was better than the side he faced under Andre Villas-Boas earlier on in the season.

"They were a good team with Andre, they are a good team with their new manager. 

"In the last two months they have played the last couple of matches 4-4-2; on Sunday against Cardiff and in the second leg against Dnipro. I don’t know what they’re going to do but clearly they are jumping from 4-3-3, to 4-2-3-1, to 4-4-2. They have lots of players, lots of options.

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