Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea side have improved sufficiently in 2014 to justify their position as Premier League leaders. A 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, courtesy of goals from John Terry and Diego Costa, kept Chelsea three points ahead of last season’s champions Manchester City.
The Blues, who finished third last term, will have their title credentials tested again against Southamptonon Sunday, but Mourinho is confident his players can rise to the occasion at St Mary’s and finish the calendar year on top.
“We are a much better team when we have the ball,” he said. “Last year we were very strong defensively but lacked a bit of creativity when we had the ball. The challenge was to bring that dynamic without losing the qualities of the team.
“At the beginning of the season there was a little bit of conflict between those two ideas and we made defensive mistakes. At the moment we have a good balance.
“The team is happy to have the ball and also comfortable when the opposition has it. We are a very good team.”