Jose Mourinho has said the Premier League table is ‘fake’ and that he would prefer the destiny of his club's season to be in their own hands.
The Chelsea boss has said that only when every side has played the same number of games then the table paints a truer picture, but has said his side is ahead of schedule in terms of its ‘evolution’.
He has said the destiny of the title is currently in the hands of Manchester City, who trail Chelsea by nine points but have three games in hand, along with a superior goal difference.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Aston Villa tomorrow evening, Mourinho said:
"I would prefer the destiny in my hands and the destiny of the league is only in the hands of the team who, if they win every game will be champions, and that is not us.
"We are ahead of schedule. Lots of work, lots of sweat and the players deserve the points they have."
Mourinho said it would be hard for Chelsea to win both the Premier League title and the Champions League this season, citing the squad size as a factor.
"Our squad is quite short. On top of that, two of our players can't play in the Champions League because they are cup tied. So I don't think we have a huge squad in terms of numbers and experience to cope. It depends on what you mean by cope.
"To play and do our best, make the quarter-finals, yes. We have to cope with 20 top players ready to change from match to match, making six changes maybe after a Champions League game, we don't have that."
The Chelsea manager confirmed that Ashley Cole and David Luiz will not be part of the side that travels to Villa Park tomorrow but has said that Fernando Torres could return to the side after injuring himself in the warm-up ahead of last week’s 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. However, he did say he could keep him back for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg tie against Galatasaray.