Jose Mourinho comments on Chelsea's position in title race, and transfer policy

Mourinho & Bench - Chelsea

Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of his side's trip to Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that the pressure is normal for his side in the title race, but when asked about the title race, he suggested there are as many as five teams currently in the race for this season's Premier League crown.

Mourinho was alluding to the gap between Manchester City in second place, and Liverpool in fifth place with results from last weekend meaning there is a four point gap between four teams.

Arsenal and Manchester United currently sit one and two points respectively behind Manchester City - who are thought to be Chelsea's biggest rivals to lift the Premier League crown.

He told reporters: "I think it's still five because the distance is still mathematically possibly [to cover]. Obviously fifth and fourth, they don't have to overcome one or two but three... but the distance between two, three, four and five is short."

"We are in front, the advantage is significant but there is still a long way to go. We are strong and confident. 

"We have been chased since August so it's normal to know the other teams are behind and they won't let us enjoy an easy ride."

Chelsea travel to the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on Steve Bruce's Hull City, with John Obi Mikel the only absentee through injury - and he's expected to return after the international break.

Mourinho was asked about reports suggesting the club has significant funds to strengthen the squad, but the Chelsea boss played the question with a straight bat, seemingly repeating the same kind of rhetoric from earlier on in the season, and said he is happy with the squad he currently has - though he did accept that some changes would be inevitable.

"Our transfer policy doesn't need a lot of funds because we don't need a lot of things. We like our squad, we like our players, and with a couple of exceptions we have a young squad.

"Once more, I think our transfer policy will be nice and quiet and will also be a consequence of the players we sell and the funds that we sell. 

"You always want to improve and there is always a couple of changes to be made but nothing major."

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