Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are ready for Saturday’s game at Newcastle United and stresses he just wants to win the next match not set records or reach milestones at the moment.
Chelsea would have played a club-record 24 matches without a loss if they could avoid defeat against the ‘Magpies’ tomorrow.
Speaking at his pre-match media briefing at Cobham, the Portuguese boss said St. James’ Park is a difficult ground to visit, and that everybody wants to beat Chelsea.
Mourinho said: “I’m not looking for records, I’m looking for victories, points and if possible at the end of the season, titles. We just want to win the next match, that’s all.
“It’s a difficult stadium to play at, there are a few stadiums in this country that clearly when they see Chelsea shirts they play the game of their lives and when they play other teams they look like they are playing friendlies. Maybe it’s because, in the last decade, Chelsea have become a strong team everybody wants to beat.
“We are ready for tomorrow and the only record I want is to win the title three times with this club.”
Gary Cahill is available for the game after leaving the pitch at half-time during Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur following a collision of heads with Jan Vertonghen, according to the manager.
Diego Costa will return from suspension. Mourinho also disclosed he has enough “trust” in his players as to finding a suitable replacement for suspended midfielder, Nemanja Matic. Either John Obi Mikel or Ramires could be called upon in place of the Serb, who serves a one-match ban.
Didier Drogba earned plaudits for his performance in the victory against Spurs in the midweek after setting up Eden Hazard for the opener and getting among the goals himself.
Mourinho thinks Drogba, who opened scoring three years ago when Chelsea secured their last three points at Newcastle, knows better when to halt his illustrious career, but believes the Ivorian still has much to offer as a player.
“I don’t know his qualities as a coach because I’ve never seen him coach,” he said.
“He’s still a very good player and if he wants my advice I think he should stop when he wants to, not wait for me or the club to decide.
“We want him, we love him. After that, I know Mr Abramovich is very happy to keep him at the club in any area he feels useful and happy, but that’s after he makes the decision to stop his career, which I don’t think will be tomorrow.”