The Foxes have experienced a truly remarkable start to the campaign, losing just one of their opening 15 games of the season and sitting two points clear of second-placed Arsenal.
Mourinho previously dismissed talk of Leicester winning the league, yet the Portuguese coach now admits he was perhaps a bit hasty in writing off his upcoming opponents as they continue to impress.
“Well, first of all they deserve to be where they are. Let's be honest. I said a couple of weeks ago I don't believe they can be champions. Maybe I have to think twice before saying that again,” he explained.
“One thing is to be top of the league in September after a beautiful start, another thing is to be top of the league in December. That is a completely different story.”
"If they get result after result, it is because they can win the title.”
Leicester’s success has largely been a result of their deadly strike-force, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez contributing to more goals than the entire Chelsea team combined.
Many have been quick to write off the Foxes’ chances this season, yet with no club really grasping the opportunity to pull away at the top, the title is seemingly up for grabs this season.
Claudio Ranieri’s side have an interesting December, with games against Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City in succession, but in their form, who would write them off?
Chelsea, on other hand, sit just two points above the bottom three and 14 points adrift of the top four.